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Liberia: Weah Secures Nine Counties, But Narrow Gap Persists with Ambassador Boakai

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With 72 percent of the total votes of the October 10 presidential elections tallied so far, President George Weah is in an uneasy lead with his arch rival, former Vice President Joseph Boakai trailing behind with just 0.36% less than Pres. Weah.

On Sunday, the NEC chairperson, Davidetta Browne-Lansannah, announced progressive results from 4,295 of the 5,890 polling places, which constitutes 72.92% of the total polling places.

The NEC disclosed that the progressive results show that 1,355,140 valid votes have been tallied so far while 80,910 invalid votes have been recorded.

President George Weah remains in the lead, but there is a very thin margin between him and Ambassador Joseph Boakai of the Unity Party. According to the NEC, President Weah has obtained 593,558 votes (43.80%) while Ambassador Boakai has 589,977 votes (43.54%). So far, he has won nine of the 15 counties. However, his failure to match Amb. Boakai in vote-rich Nimba and Lofa Counties has got him struggling to widen the gap despite winning the entire Southeast.

Recent election results released by the National Elections Commission on Sunday now bring the Commission about 75 percent closer to announcing the final results of the October 10 Presidential and General Elections.

On Sunday, the NEC chairperson, Davidetta Browne-Lansannah, announced progressive results from 4,295 of the 5,890 polling places, which constitutes 72.92% of the total polling places.

The NEC disclosed that the progressive results show that 1,355,140 valid votes have been tallied so far while 80,910 invalid votes have been recorded.

President George Weah remains in the lead, but there is a very thin margin between him and Ambassador Joseph Boakai of the Unity Party. According to the NEC, President Weah has obtained 593,558 votes (43.80%) while Ambassador Boakai has 589,977 votes (43.54%).

Meanwhile, the Ecowas Commission continues to urge political parties and stakeholders to exercise restraint in making premature result declarations and to refrain from applying undue pressure on the National Elections Commission for swift result announcements.

Below are the results between Ambassador Joseph Nyumah Boakai (JNB) and President George Manneh Weah (GMW) by counties.

County Number of polling places PERCENTAGE TALLIED PERCENTAGE WON BY JNB PERCENTAGE WON BY GMW
BOMI COUNTY 109/171 63.74% 15,791 VOTES (51.42%) 11,810 VOTES (38.45%)
BONG 470/555 84.68% 58,265 VOTES (38.78%) 66,358 (44.17%)
GBARPOLU 96/134 71.64% 12,813 VOTES (44.65%) 11,996 VOTES 41.81%
GRAND BASSA 266/405 65.68% 25,040 VOTES (35.32%) 31,050 VOTES (43.80%)
GRAND CAPE MOUNT 102/213 47.89% 13,719 VOTES (44.56%) 12,504 VOTES (41.53%)
GRAND GEDEH 132/163 80.98% 3,728 VOTES (10.50%) 27,752 VOTES (79.19%)
GRAND RKU 77/110 70.00% 1,673 VOTES (7.76%) 17,200 (79.82%)
LOFA 424/424 100% 73,761 VOTES (56.16%) 35,951 VOTES (27.37%)
MARGIBI 113/441 25.62% 17,502 VOTES (50.36%) 13,758 VOTES (39.59%)
MARYLAND 94/175 (53.71%) 3,782 VOTES (12.97%) 21,339 VOTES (73.18%)
MONTSERRADO 1,608/2008 (80.08%) 252,155 VOTES (45.50%) 262,633 (47.39%)
NIMBA 535/736 72.69% 96,582 VOTES (57.88%) 35,474 VOTES (21.26%)
RIVERCESS 83/105 5.287 (25.54% 5,287 VOTES (25.54%) 12,113 VOTES (58.53%)
RIVERGEE 96/98 (97.96%) 16.22% 9,130 VOTES (70.27%)
SINOE 52/152 34.21% 1,572 VOTES (10.94%) 11,239 VOTES (78.24%

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