Disturbing reports Farbric News has received are suggesting that supporters of some presidential and legislative candidates have already exploded into jubilations in several parts of the Liberian Capital, Monrovia, although the National Elections Commission or NEC has not come up with its official results.
Even a supporter of the main opposition Coalition for Democratic Change, CDC, has reported on social media that some World leaders that he did not name have already called soccer legend turned politician, George Weah, congratulating him for being the victorious presidential candidate.
Weah and Joseph Boakai of the ruling Unity Party are the two main contenders in the October 10 polls.
From the look of things, there is a likelihood of a runoff because no one candidate is expected to win the 50 percent plus one vote to be declared a winner as required under the Liberian Constitution.
In an apparent reaction to the reports of early jubilations, Liberia’s Elections Early Warning and Response Group or LEEWARG headed by ECOWAS special representative to Liberia, Ambassador Tunde Ajisomo, released a statement on Monday, urging all Liberians, especially supporters of various political parties, to avoid early celebrations and look up to NEC for official results.
The reports of early celebrations come amidst growing concerns of irregularities in the electoral process. Both national and international observers have acknowledged the regularities, but said the irregularities were minor.
The Electoral Commission has said it will announce its first official results today, October 12, 2017, although one of the opposition political parties, Liberty Party of astute lawyer, Cllr. Charles Walker Brumskine, has called on the Commission to halt the move because of the reported irregularities.
The Party said it is compiling all the facts to proceed to court.