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    Liberia: George Weah leads in provisional poll count

    APA-Monrovia (Liberia)

    Provisional results announced by the Liberian National Elections Commission (NEC) suggest that retired footballer George Weah of the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) is leading after polling 44.4 percent of the votes ahead of his main rival of the ruling Unity Party (UP) Vice President Joseph N. Boakai who collected 33.1 percent.

    Making the announcement at the headquarters of the NEC headquarters late on Thursday, the Chairman of NEC, Mr. Jerome Korkoya, said that the results received from the 15 counties of the country, constituted about 30 percent of the total results.

    According to Korkoya, the results reflect those of the first top three presidential candidates starting from Bomi County where 32 of the 158 polling centers reported results.

    In Bong County, he continued, 241 of the 502 polling places have reported results which indicate that the ruling Unity Party got 24,367 votes, representing 24.07 percent, and CDC 28,233 votes, representing 39.4 percent.

    Korkoya said 26 of the 133 polling places in Gbarpolu County had been counted and that the Unity Party of Joseph Boakai got 2,768 votes, representing 37.4 percent, while CDC got 3,078 votes equivalent to 41.6 percent.

    He added that the Liberty Party (LP) of Charles Brumskine won 10, 316 votes or 48.6 percent of the votes in Grand Bassa County, while in Grand Cape Mount County, the UP got 2,158 votes, representing 37.5 percent and CDC 2,663 votes, accounting for 46.4 percent..

    According to Korkoya, 24 centers reported from Grand Gedeh County’s 167 polling places, giving the UP a total of 704 votes which represent 12.0 percent, while the CDC got 4,462 votes representing 76.1 percent.

    In Montserrado County, 252 of the 1,790 polling places have been reported, with Joseph Boakai's Unity Party obtaining 20,211, representing 26.6 percent of the votes cast, while .George Weah of the CDC obtained 38,285 or 50.4 percent of the votes counted.

    Korkoya thanked voters for their patience and the outstanding way they conducted themselves on the day of the elections.


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