RUNOFF ELECTION: ‘D Day’ Is Here, As Liberians Anxiously Queue To Vote For A President

Hundreds of Liberians woke up as early as 5am this morning, Tuesday, December 26, 2017 to rush to their respective voting centers around the Country in a bid to finally put to rest the issue of the 2017 delayed voting crisis in order to choose their President between two contenders; World’s football star, George Weah of the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) and the current Liberian Vice President of the ruling Unity Party (UP), Joseph Nyuma Boakai.

At most polling centers visited by a team of reporters from the GNN-Liberia online newspaper,electorates were seen in high gear and ready to vote for the candidate of their choice, noting that it is ‘Overdue’ for the election of their president.

“I cam here as early as 4:45 am to stand in queue in order to be one of the first persons to cast my ballot in favor of my prefered presidential candidate. We opting for a serious change in these elections, therefore, I am here to vote for my president,” Aaron Gayflor a resident of Somalia Drive, Monrovia speaking to our staff noted.

Like Aaron, many of the electorates who spoke to the GNN-Liberia, early this morning say they are eagerly awaiting the election of a president to succeed Africa’s first female president, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf who ruled Liberia, Africa’s oldest Republic for 12 years.

Both presidential contenders in the much anticipated runoff election are optimistic of a big win over their opponent, in an exclusive interview with reporters in Monrovia recently, supporters of the Unity Party (UP) presidential candidate, Joseph Nyuma Boakai expressed optimism of victory of their candidate, noting that he is the only person that can bring dignity to the country when elected.

On the hand, supporters of the presidential candidate of the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC), Senator George Manneh Weah in a chat with the GNN-Liberia also said they are hopeful of their candidate capturing the presidency, stressing that Weah’s effort to putting Liberia on the international map for his professional skills and leadership ability gave him the edge over his opponent.

Today’s runoff election in Liberia has drawn the attention of the international community making sure that election observers from around the globe are properly seated here to eagerly observe today’s election.

Already the National Democratic Institute (NDI) is fielding an international election observation mission for the presidential run-off election, as the leadership of the delegation is here to witness the polls.

The leadership of the delegation is comprised of Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, former President of Nigeria; Atifete Jahjaga, former President of Kosovo; Hanna Tetteh, former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ghana; and Dr. Christopher Fomunyoh, Regional Director, NDI. The delegation includes 36 political and civic leaders, elections experts, and regional specialists from 18 countries across Africa, Europe and North America.

Also in Liberia to observe the runoff election is the head of AU Election Observation Mission to the Republic of Liberia H.E. Erastus J.O. Mwencha, Former Deputy Chairperson of the African Union Commission.

The African Union Commission (AUC) Chairperson, H.E. Moussa Faki Mahamat, has approved the re-deployment of African Union (AU) observers to observe the conduct of today’s runoff. The AU observers have been redeployed to the country from 23 to 31 December 2017.

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.