The National Elections Commission will on today, Thursday, December 28, 2017 release the first official provisional results of 2017 presidential runoff election, a press statement from the national electoral body said on Wednesday.
The runoff election is between Vice President Joseph Nyuma Boakai of the ruling Unity Party (UP) and Senator George Mannah Weah of the main opposition Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC).
Ahead of the announcement, NEC said tallying of votes from Tuesday’s election started Wednesday, across the country and it is continuing.
Unofficial preliminary results coming from tally sheets posted at various voting places around Liberia are been aired on local radio stations.
VP Boakai has established a clear lead in his home county Lofa and Gbarpolu, while Weah takes the lead in Montserrado, Grand Gedeh and Maryland.
Meanwhile, NEC has clarified that it did not schedule a press conference for Wednesday, December 27, 2017 at 11am as was implied in the media.
NEC says it regrets the inconveniences this misinformation may have caused everyone and promised that the media will be duly informed on every step along the way.
In related news, ECOWAS Election Observation Mission to Liberia has rubbished a local daily report that NEC prevented ECOWAS Technical Team from entering its data room.
The head of the ECOWAS mission, former Ghanaian President John Mahama said the Mission haven’t received such report.
President Mahama instead said ECOWAS Technical Team has been closely working with NEC.
ECOWAS Observer Mission, which has been asked to stay on in Liberia until the final results of the December 26 runoff elections are announced also met with the two candidates in the runoff —Vice President Boakai and Senator Weah.
The head of the ECOWAS mission said they both were pleased with the procedures during the just-ended runoff election.
However, Ex-Ghanaian President Mahama revealed that UP complained of being denied the electronic copy of the recently clean-up Final Registration Roll (FRR) by NEC.
President Mahama said the mission explained to the UP that NEC only gave out the hard copy of the FRR and not the electronic copy for fear that it could be tampered with.
He said at the meeting few other minor issues were raised by the candidates such as stoning of rival supporters in parts of Monrovia.
ECOWAS Election Observer told Journalists, though the Mission is impressed by the restraint exhibited by both parties thus far, it’s closely watching the conducts of VP Boakai and Senator Weah.