Boakai Loses by Landslide in River Cess, Unofficial Reports Show

CESTOS, River Cess – The National Elections Commission’s local magisterial office in River Cess has completed tallying votes from the 97 polling places in the county, with Sen. George Weah winning by a landslide in the presidential runoff elections.

Vice President Joseph Boakai of the ruling Unity Party could not accumulate 2,000 votes in one of the smaller counties in Liberia.

The results signed by Election Magistrate William Tompoe and posted on the walls of the magisterial office in Cestos placed Weah of the Coalition for Democratic Change far ahead of Boakai.

Of the 13,356 valid votes, Weah obtained 11,390 votes (85.3 percent) while Boakai obtained 1,966 votes (14.7 percent).

International observers including the European Union, the Carter Center, and the National Democratic Institute were present during the tallying process, as were representatives of both the Unity Party, the Coalition for Democratic Change, and the members of the press.

Tallying was completed on Thursday, December 28 at 10:45 a.m. and the results signed by Tompoe was posted and announced. The assistant election magistrate, Isaac W. Williams, said the runoff was “peaceful.”

The National Elections Commission is expected to begin announcing official results on Thursday at 5:45 p.m.

Featured photo by Zeze Ballah

Eric Doue

Eric Opa Doue is a co-founder of Echo Radio Station, which does a series of programs in Bassa, Kru, and simple Liberian English. Under his leadership, Echo Radio was selected as one of the Moody Radio global partners for training opportunities in 2013 and 2014. Eric was one of a handful of reporters who received training from Internews in 2015 on humanitarian reporting during the Ebola outbreak in Liberia. He holds a diploma in Journalism, from the Ghana Institute of Journalism.

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