Weah or Boakai? Voting underway in Liberian runoff

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    Voters queue in Monrovia

    By Harrison Arubu/Monrovia

    Voting has begun in polling centres throughout Liberia because the West African nation chooses its subsequent president in a delayed presidential runoff election.

    The runoff is between former worldwide soccer star, Sen. George Weah, and incumbent Vice President, Mr Joseph Boakai.

    Weah received the primary spherical of elections on Oct. 10 with 38 per cent of the whole votes forged, adopted by Boakai who got here second with 29 per cent.

    But each males fell in need of the 50 per cent plus one absolute majority vote required for a winner to emerge within the first spherical, therefore the runoff.

    The winner will succeed President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, who’s stepping down in January after finishing her constitutional 12-year tenure of two phrases of six years every.

    A voter casts his poll in Monrovia

    A News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) correspondent in Monrovia, the capital, reviews that polls opened at precisely eight:00 GMT at centres visited.

    However, voter turnout was low as on the time of NAN’s go to to the centres in comparison with that of the Oct. 10 basic elections.

    Our correspondent noticed the presence of safety personnel and at the least three queue controllers at every of the centres.

    Oppong Wennah, a polling workers, informed NAN that the method had been easy and quick, however mentioned the turnout was low.

    A voter, Dillion Boakai, mentioned he spent lower than 20 minutes on queue to forged his vote not like Oct. 10 when he managed to vote after six hours.

    Others who spoke mentioned that they had no downside with the runoff holding on Boxing Day, noting that it was a crucial worth for a peaceable transition of energy.

    This is first transition election since 1973 in a rustic that’s recovering from over a decade of devastating civil warfare.

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