LIBERIA: BOAKAI AND WEAH ARE NECK TO NECK

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Sunday, October 15, 2023 witnessed the fifth in succession in continuation of the release of provisional results for the presidency and legislative positions with the two forerunners, incumbent President George Manneh Weah of the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) and main challenger, Joseph Nyuma Boakai of the former ruling Unity Party (UP) coming neck to neck.

On the evening of the latest results released by the country’s electoral management body, the National Elections Commission (NEC), President Weah obtained a total of 593,558 or 43.80 percent, while former Vice President Boakai got 589,977 or 43.54 percent – a difference of just 3,581 votes in favor of the former. Surprised package Edward Appleton of the Grassroots Development Movement (GDM) obtained 28,750 votes.

According the Commission, in the votes per county, former VP Boakai is currently ahead in Bomi County with 15,791 while President Weah has 11,810 with Mr. Appleton in a distant third with 703 votes.

In Bong County, the CDC leads with 66,358 against the UP’s 58,265 votes and Appleton’s 4,313. Also in Grand Bassa, the CDC is ahead with 31,050 and UP into second with 25,040 while Mr. Alexander Benedict Cummings of the Alternative National Congress or ANC into third with 4,036.

In Grand Cape Mount, former Vice President is in the lead with 13,719 with the CDC coming close with 12,504 and Appleton as usual, comes distantly third with . 728 votes.

The results for Grand Gedeh, as usual, aren’t strange. As predicted far ahead by political pundits, President Weah has obtained 27,752 of the votes, while Mr. Boakai has 3,728 and again, Appleton into third with 971 votes.

In Grand Kru, the home of the Liberian leader, he sits atop far from his main challenger with 17,200 while his rival has just 1,673 and Mr. Appleton has 814 of the numbers.

Over to Lofa County, which on the reverse is the home of former VP Boakai, he won there with 73,761 while the CDC has 35,951. Mr. Lusinee Kamara of the All Liberian Coalition Party (ALCOP) comes into third spot with 4,756.

The former VP continues his lead in Margibi County with 17,502 ahead of President Weah who has 13,758 and Appleton on 721 votes.

In Maryland, the President leads with 21,339, Mr. Boakai with 3,782 and Mr. Appleton 881.

The biggest stronghold of the UP in the elections is Nimba, and it has accumulated 96,582 votes, almost three times of the CDC’s 35,474. Renowned Liberian lawyer, Cllr. Tiawon Saye Gongloe sits third with 15,463.

In little votes County of River Cess, the President leads with 12,113 votes, former VP Boakai obtains 5,287 and Appleton with 727 votes.

Over to Sinoe, the President goes ahead of Mr. Boakai on 11,239 against 1,572 and Appleton with 505 votes into third. With just two more centers remaining in River Gee, President Weah is in the lead with 19,130, while Mr. Boakai has 4,417 and Appleton with 1,038.

The epic votes’ center of Montserrado still remains a huge challenge but the CDC has a little number to celebrate over the UP having received 262,633. The UP is also doing exceedingly well with 252,155 and ALCOP with 12,315.

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