Unofficial Results Put Weah and Boakai in Lead for Presidential Race

MONROVIA, Montserrado – Unofficial provisional results from across the country have placed George Weah of the Coalition for Democratic Change and Joseph Boakai of the ruling Unity Party in the lead.

Updates from reporters indicate that Weah and Boakai are ahead of other presidential candidates in most of the counties, including vote-rich Montserrado, Lofa, Margibi, Bong and Nimba.

CDC’s Weah is continuing to prove his supremacy in Montserrado, a county considered to be his stronghold based on elections history. He is closely followed by Vice President Boakai of the UP. Alexander Cummings of the Alternative National Congress, or ANC, and Liberty Party’s Charles Brumskine are behind the two candidates. The county is recorded as most vote-populated in the current elections with 778,291 total registered voters.

In Lofa, reports indicate that Boakai is in the lead by a wide margin, followed by Brumskine. Weah and Cummings are also reported to be next to the LP’s candidate. Lofa is the home of the UP presidential candidate and is the fourth most vote-populated with 167,427 registered voters.

Last evening’s provisional results from Bong County, indicate that both Weah and Boakai are neck to neck in the race, followed by Cummings and Brumskine. Bong has 208,123 registered voters, the third highest county in voter population. CDC’s Vice-Presidential Candidate, Jewel Howard Taylor the current senator of the county which is also home to Cumming’s running mate, Jeremiah Sulunteh.

Prince Johnson of the Movement for Democracy and Reconstruction is in the lead in his home county, Nimba, based on the available provisional results. The county records the second highest number of registered voters,  279,601 or 13% of the total voters across the country.

Although Harrison Karnwea, the LP’s Vice-Presidential candidate, had boasted of his influence over his kinsmen, the party is reportedly in third place, next to UP.

Like the other candidates, Brumskine won in Bassa, but in a close race with Weah. This tight race may be attributed to the presence of another son of the county and former Protem-pore, Gbezonghar Findley, in the CDC. Boakai’s UP is maintaining a third place in the county. Bassa has a total of 145,523 registered voters.

Reports from Margibi indicate that Weah is in the lead based on the available provisional results, followed by Boakai and Cummings. Emmanuel Nuquay, Boakai’s running mate, is the representative in the county’s fifth district. He is also the current Speaker of the House of Representative, making him the third highest official of the current administration. Like Bong, the county is home to seven percent of the country’s total voting population.

While these leads are being reported from the vote-rich counties, there is no much difference in the provisional results being reported from less populated counties.

In Rivercess, among the least vote-populated county, CDC’s Weah is reportedly in the lead ahead of LP’s Brumskine and the Unity Party.

The National Elections Commission is yet to begin the announcement of official results from yesterday’s polls. The provisional reports are based on figures tallied from voting centers across the country.

Featured photo by Aaron Nah

Gbatemah Senah

Gbatemah is currently a senior student at the University of Liberia and a recipient of the Jonathan P. Hicks Scholarship for Mass Communications. In 2017, Senah won three Press Union of Liberia awards: Women's Rights Reporter of the Year, Legislative Reporter of the Year, and Land Rights Reporter of the Year.

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