Weah, Boakai face Liberia’s presidential runoff next month

WASHINGTON, DC – Liberia’s former international footballer George Manneh Weah, who won Africa’s Best Player of the Year, and Liberia’s Vice President Joseph Nyumah Boakai will face a runoff for the presidency on November 7, according to a release from the National Election Commission Sunday.

With nationwide counts in from 95.6 percent of polling stations, Weah garnered 39.0 percent of the votes and Boakai 29.1 percent. Both candidates came short of the 50 percent threshold needed requiring to win outright in the first round of voting held on Tuesday, 10 October 2017.

Jerome Korkoya, the embattled chairman of the National Elections Commission told journalists that turnout was at 74.52 percent and a total of 1,550,923 votes had been counted.

Three other well-known candidates took a noteworthy share of the votes.

Accomplished corporate lawyer and veteran opposition leader Charles Brumskine stood at 9.8 percent, former Coca-Cola Global Corporate Executive Alexander Cummings obtained 7.1 percent and former war-time military general turned politician Prince Johnson at 7.0 percent.

Who will these unsuccessful presidential candidates support in the runoff election scheduled for November 7, 2017? Boakai or Weah?  Top left: Weah and then Boakai.

As Liberians seek to move pass supporting a multiplicity of candidates, the above unsuccessful 18 presidential candidates will now decide which runoff contender (Boakai and Weah) they will direct their followers to support.  The makes Prince Y. Johnson, Charles Walker Brumskine and Alexander B. Cummings, Jr. important as ‘kingmakers’ in determining the final results.

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Paul Stevens

Paul Stevens is a researcher, media issues analyst and senior contributor with Globe Afrique.
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