The National Election Commission (NEC) has released the majority of the election results, revealing that none of the 20 candidates managed to secure over 50% of the votes. This outcome means that Liberian President George Weah, who is also a candidate from the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC), will participate in a run-off against his opponent, former Vice President Joseph Boakai of the Unity Party (UP).
As per the NEC’s website, 98.4% of the votes from the October 10th election have been announced, showing Mr. Weah leading Mr. Boakai by a slim margin of less than 1% of the votes.
Consequently, both candidates will now face each other in a run-off election in the upcoming weeks, where they will compete to become Liberia’s president.
Interestingly, this situation mirrors the 2017 presidential election in Liberia, which also resulted in a run-off between George Weah and Joseph Boakai. However, Weah emerged as the winner with 61.5% of the votes, while Boakai received 38.5%.
In the upcoming 2023 election, Weah seeks a second and final term as president, while Boakai aims to fulfill his long-held ambition of becoming the president after multiple unsuccessful attempts.