By Harrison Arubu/Monrovia
Liberia’s National Elections Commission (NEC) on Friday formally declared worldwide soccer icon, George Weah of the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC), as President-elect of Liberia.
Chairman of the fee, Mr Jerome Korkoya, made the declaration after saying the ultimate outcomes of the Dec. 26 presidential runoff election on the NEC headquarters in Monrovia.
The remaining tallies point out that Weah of CDC polled a complete of 722,185 votes representing 61.5 per cent, whereas Vice President Joseph Boakai of the Unity Party (UP) completed with 457,579 or 28.5 per cent.
“Final outcomes stand on the CDC, 722,185 votes representing 61.5 per cent; the Unity Party, 457,579 representing 28.5 per cent.
“Pursuant to the authority vested in the commission by the constitution and the new electoral law of the Republic of Liberia and based on the result just read, I, acting on behalf of the Board of Commissioners, do hereby declare the presidential ticket of Senator George Weah and Jewel Howard Taylor as the winner of the Dec. 26 presidential runoff election.”
With this, Weah will function the 25th president of Liberia with impact from the third working Monday of January 2018.
The president-elect, who’s a world sporting hero, defeated 21 different presidential candidates within the Oct. 10 common elections with 38.four per cent of the entire votes forged.
But he fell wanting the 50 per cent plus one vote required for victory within the first spherical, thus paving the way in which for a runoff with Boakai, who got here second with 28.eight per cent.
However, authorized challenges launched by opposition determine and third-place finisher within the first spherical, Mr Charles Brumskine, delayed the runoff for seven weeks.
The Supreme Court, in a landmark ruling on Dec. 7, dismissed Brumskine’s complaints for need of enough proof to warrant a rerun as demanded and lifted its keep order on the runoff.
Weah, 51, is broadly considered one of many biggest African gamers of all time, successful the FIFA World Player of the Year in 1995.
He performed for Paris Saint-Germain and AC Milan within the 1990s earlier than shifting to England late in his profession for stints at Chelsea and Manchester City.
Weah was raised in Clara Town, a poor suburb of Monrovia, and performed soccer throughout the river in West Point, Liberia’s largest casual settlement, the place he nonetheless instructions a big following.
His journey to the presidency has been lengthy and tortuous. He misplaced to Johnson-Sirleaf, the primary feminine elected Head of State in Africa, in a runoff in 2005.
Six years later, he misplaced once more as vice presidential working mate to William Tubman in 2011.
On Dec. 20, 2014, Weah was overwhelmingly elected to the Liberian Senate to symbolize Montserrado County on the platform of the Congress for Democratic Change (CDC).
He defeated Robert Sirleaf, son of President Sirleaf, making him the primary Liberian worldwide athlete to be elected to symbolize a county within the Legislature.
Meanwhile, some Liberians imagine Weah lacks the mental functionality to successfully run the nation, citing his alleged polarisation of the Liberian nationwide workforce whereas he was coach.