Armed Police deployed in Monrovia ahead of election result
Monrovia, Dec. 29, 2017 (AltAfrika)-Armed police have been deployed in some strategic places in Monrovia including the headquarters of the Liberian National Elections Commission in the capital, Monrovia, ahead of the release of official results of the Presidential election run-off
The first provisional results from Liberia’s presidential election run-off election are due later today with the finally result planned for friday Dec. 29, 2017.
Unofficial results broadcast by local media suggest that ex-football star George Weah is ahead of Vice-President Joseph Boakai following Tuesday’s vote.
The electoral commission has warned against “premature pronouncements”.
Informed sources told Alternativeafrika that the counting of ballots had been deliberately slow to guide against any fraud which allegedly marred the first round
Counting of ballots had been deliberately slow to guide against fraud. Photo: Reuters
Despite the visible present of armed police, our correspondent says the mood in the country particularly Monrovia is calm, and people are eagerly awaiting the results
The UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres on Wednesday hailed the “peaceful conduct” of Liberia’s presidential run-off election, which pitted former international footballer George Weah against Vice President Joseph Boakai.
“The Secretary-General welcomes the peaceful conduct of the second round of the presidential election in Liberia,” spokesperson Stephane Dujarric said in a statement.
“He commends the government, political parties and people of Liberia for the orderly poll.”
Guterres has requested that former president Olusegun Obasanjo of Nigeria, a member of the UN chief’s high-level advisory board, travel to Monrovia from December 28 to 30 as part of the international body’s “good offices engagement in Liberia,” Dujarric said.