With hundred percent of the tallied October 10, 2023,Presidential ballots being officially announced by the National Elections Commission (NEC), it is now obvious that neither the incumbent George M. Weah of the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) nor Joseph N. Boakai reached the required 50% plus one vote to win in the first round.
As a result, a second round of the presidential election in Liberia has been announced by the National Elections Commission (NEC) setting November 14, 2023, as the day for the Run-off Presidential Election between incumbent George Weah, and his main challenger, Joseph Nyumah Boakai.
Yesterday, Tuesday, October 24, 2023, the Chairperson of the National Elections Commission (NEC) said progressive consolidated tallied results put Weah at 43.83%, while Boakai follows with 43.44%. Coming third is Edward Appleton of the Grassroots Democratic Movement (GDM) with 2.20%, according to the final batch of progressive tallied results announced by NEC.
The requirement for a second round is stipulated in Article 83 of Liberia’s 1986 constitution. “Article 83 (a) states that, “Voting for the President, Vice-President, members of the Senate and members of the House of Representatives shall be conducted throughout the Republic on the second Tuesday in October of each election year.
All elections of public officers shall be determined by an absolute majority of the votes cast. If no candidate obtains an absolute majority in the first ballot, a second ballot shall be conducted on the second Tuesday following. The two candidates who received the greatest numbers of votes on the first ballot shall be designated to participate in the run-off election.”
In the final results which were announced by NEC yesterday, Tuesday, October 24, 2023, the country’s electoral body announced November 14, 2023, as the date for the Run-off elections between the two top candidates, the ruling CDC, incumbent President George Weah and the main opposition UP, former Vice President Joseph Boakai.
Making the pronouncement at the end of the nationwide tally of results from the October 10, 2023, presidential and legislative elections, the commission through its chairperson announced that the ticket of CDC received the highest result from the just-ended poll followed by the Unity Party.
According to her, Mr. George Weah obtained 43.83℅ of the votewhile Joseph Boakai of the Unity Party accumulated 43.44℅ of the total votes cast.
Meanwhile, the National Elections Commission (NEC) hasdeclared the campaign open for the Run-off Election throughout the country and will end on November 12, 2023. NEC said the campaign for the run-off presidential election has begun and will end on November 12, 2023.