Encouraging turnout in Liberia’s run-off poll
Monrovia. Dec. 26, 2017 (AltAfrika)-Liberians have lined up at polling stations across the country for a runoff election between a former international football star and the vice-president. The winner will replace Africa’s first female head of state.
Voters were seen very early checking their names on the posted electoral register publicly displayed . Nearly 2.2 million voters will choose between George Weah, a 51-year-old former AC Milan striker who is now a senator, and 73-year-old Joseph Boakai, who has been vice-president for 12 years.
The Nobel peace prize winner Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, 79, is stepping down after two terms in office that brought the impoverished country out of back-to-back civil wars. She also led the country as it grappled with a deadly Ebola outbreak.
The runoff has been delayed twice after being contested in court amid claims of irregularities, with its original 7 November date put back.