In Summary
  • Political parties have expressed concern over polling-day hitches on Tuesday that have caused significant delays to the results.
  • The Carter Center, an NGO founded by former US president Jimmy Carter, said "prompt release of results" would help in "building confidence among the electorate and preventing confusion and tension."

MONROVIA

Liberian presidential candidates George Weah and Vice-President Joseph Boakai dominated partial tallies released by the country's electoral commission on Thursday, but the results showed the vast majority of votes are yet to be counted.

Political parties have expressed concern over polling-day hitches on Tuesday that have caused significant delays to the results, with one party calling for a halt to the ballot counting.

RUN-OFF

Weah and Boakai are expected to top the first round of voting, according to analysts, though former Coca-Cola executive Alexander Cummings is considered to have eaten into their support with an innovative campaign strategy.

The only county with more than 30 per cent of votes counted — Bong county — showed Boakai and Weah neck-and-neck with a slight advantage on Weah's side.

Weah was also leading in Montserrado county, his stronghold, which although just 14.8 percent of ballots have been counted dwarfs Liberia's other counties in representing 778,000 voters.

If no candidate wins over 50 per cent of the presidential vote nationwide, a run-off between the top two contenders will be held on November 7 — an outcome deemed a near certainty.

Jerome Korkoya, NEC Chairman, said the commission was "committed to the release of timely results but this cannot be done at the expense of accuracy," after foreign observers began to apply pressure over the long wait.

"This commission has not declared any winner," Korkoya added, saying the results remained too partial to declare a runoff.

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