Vote counting begins in Liberia



    A voter casts his poll in Monrovia~: vote counting begins

    Harrison Arubu/Monrovia

    Vote counting is underway at 5,390 polling models throughout Liberia following Tuesday’s presidential runoff election described by observers as “usually peaceable and easy’’.

    Polls closed at 6 p.m. native time (1800 GMT) adopted by sorting of ballots beneath the watchful eyes of occasion brokers and observers.

    Voter turnout within the run-off is broadly believed to be poor in comparison with the Oct. 10 basic elections that witnessed snaky queues of anxious voters stretching a number of meters from voting factors.

    However, co-leader of the National Democratic Institute (NDI) International Elections Observation Mission and former Nigerian President, Dr Goodluck Jonathan, mentioned the turnout was spectacular.

    “The turnout that individuals have been complaining about, from our remark within the locations we’ve got visited inside Monrovia, it can’t be lower than 60 per cent.

    “We might not know what’s at present occurring somewhere else; we are going to get studies from our subject officers who’ve gone to the hinterland.

    “But from what we personally noticed right here, I don’t fully agree with the assertion that the turnout is kind of low,’’ Jonathan mentioned.

    The former president advised newsmen at one of many polling centres that it was tough to get 70 per cent turnout in elections globally, and in run-off polls voter enthusiasm was sure to drop.

    He mentioned though mobilisation of voters was understandably low since many candidates had been not within the race, it was NDI’s perception that the method would finish efficiently.

    Jonathan joined different watchers of the train to commend the National Elections Commission (NEC) for correcting the lapses witnessed within the Oct. 10 basic elections.

    “We began at 7:30 a.m. We have been going spherical; we monitored the opening course of and naturally we may also monitor the closing, the counting and the tallying of votes.

    “So far, in all of the centres and models we’ve got visited, we will see that the election has been happening very properly.

    “People queue up and so they don’t waste a lot time to find their voting models in comparison with what occurred in October.

    “We should commend NEC as a result of we’re advised they retrained their workers and positioned them in correct place to deal with the elections,’’ he mentioned.

    Liberians voted within the nation’s delayed presidential runoff to elect a successor to President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf.

    Former FIFA World Footballer of the Year, Sen. George Weah, and incumbent Vice President, Joseph Boakai are bidding for the highest job.