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Liberia’s Presidential Election heads for a runoff, George Weah fails to secure outright lead

Liberia’s President George Weah

Liberia’s presidential election is set to go into a runoff, as the country’s election management body announced moments ago that none of the 19 candidates vying for the presidency secured the necessary 50 percent plus one threshold, as required under Article 83, Clause 3 of the country’s constitution.

Incumbent President George Weah, who is seeking re-election on the Coalition for Democratic Change ticket, secured the highest number of votes with 804,087, representing 43.83 percent of the valid votes cast.

However, as he fell short of the required threshold, he will now face a second round of voting.

Weah’s main contender, Joseph Boakai of the Unity Party, received 796,961 votes, representing 43.44 percent.

With no candidate achieving the required majority, the election outcome from the October 10th contest will be determined in a second round of voting scheduled for November 12.

The runoff election is expected to be closely watched as Liberia’s citizens decide who will lead their country for the next term. The initial results demonstrate a highly competitive race between President Weah and his opponent, Joseph Boakai, as they vie for the nation’s top office.

The election management body will continue to oversee the electoral process and ensure a fair and transparent runoff election in accordance with Liberia’s constitutional provisions.

The election outcome will have a significant impact on the nation’s political landscape, and citizens are eagerly awaiting the final results after the second round of voting.

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