By Harrison Arubu
Former soccer celebrity, George Weah, took to his Facebook web page to react to provisional outcomes of Tuesday’s presidential runoff polls in Liberia.
“My fellow Liberians, I deeply really feel the emotion of all of the nation. I measure the significance and the accountability of the immense job which I embrace at the moment.
“Change is on’’, Weah wrote shortly after the outcomes had been launched by the National Elections Commission (NEC), placing him in a cushty result in be the subsequent president of Africa’s oldest republic.
The former World Footballer of the Year who ran on the platform of the opposition Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) is method forward with 720,023 votes or 61.5 per cent.
His rival and incumbent Vice President, Joseph Boakai, of the ruling Unity Party (UP) is much behind with 451,088 votes representing 38.5 per cent.
The Chairman of NEC, Mr Jerome Korkoya, who launched the outcomes at a information convention in Monrovia on Thursday, stated 98.1 per cent of the entire votes forged within the polls had been counted.
With pending outcomes from simply 104 or 1.9 per cent of polling locations, Weah has sealed a large victory because the successor to outgoing President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf.
The announcement was greeted with huge celebrations by Weah’s supporters within the capital, Monrovia, and throughout the nation.
Political observers have attributed Weah’s “victory’’ to various components together with alleged divisions within the ruling Unity Party and secret backing from Johnson-Sirleaf for the soccer icon.
“Johnson-Sirleaf has not campaigned for her vp,’’ stated Mr Patrick Korna, a political analyst.
“Since the beginning of political campaigning in July, she has not been visibly concerned; she has not proven up in any of the rallies held by her vp.
“The Unity Party says it stays one physique, however it has two factions – President Sirleaf’s faction and Joseph Boakai’s faction’’, Korna stated.
Besides, the outgoing administration is dogged by widespread allegations of corruption, nepotism, waste, fuelling the individuals’s starvation for change.
Meanwhile, the European Union Election Observation Mission has described the profitable runoff polls as a “milestone achievement’’ for the nation’s democracy.
“An simple side of this important election is the collective effort that underpinned its realisation,’’ the mission stated in its preliminary report issued on Thursday.
“Voters, civil society, Liberian establishments, in notably NEC, the judiciary and the Liberian National Police, the home observers and ECOWAS all contributed to make this essential for Liberia’s democracy attainable,’’ it stated.