LAST_UPDATEWed, 20 Jun 2018 9am

Liberia Set For Presidential Runoff Next Month: Electoral Body

MONROVIA -- Liberia's electoral body has said a runoff was inevitable early next month since no candidate obtained the required 50 per cent plus one vote in the Oct 10 presidential poll in the country, China's Xinhua news agency reported.

Head of the National Elections Commission Jerome Korkoya announced the final results of the presidential and parliamentary polls in the country late Thursday, noting the electoral body was set for the runoff exercise.

According to Korkoya, with 100 percent of the votes counted, opposition coalition candidate George Weah is in first place with 596,037, equivalent to 38.8 percent of the total votes, while vice president Joseph Nyumah Boakai, who is running on the platform of the governing Unity Party, got 445,716 votes, equivalent to 28.8 per cent.

He said Charles Walker Brumskine of the Liberty Party is first-runner up with 149,495 or 9.6 per cent of the votes cast.

The electoral commission has fixed Nov 7 for the runoff between Weah and Boakai.

Korkoya said campaigning for the runoff had commenced immediately and will end at midnight on Nov 5.