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Friday, June 21, 2024

LIBERIA: GEORGE WEAH’S POLITICAL FUTURE HANGS IN THE BALANCE AS ELECTION RESULTS UNFOLD

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MONROVIA – As computing of ballots in the just-ended presidential elections in Liberia is ongoing, worrying signs are beginning to emerge that George Weah’s bid for re-election as the President of Liberia may fall short.

The race is proving to be a closely contested one, with unofficial preliminary announcements placing his opponent, Joe Boakai of the Unity Party (UP), ahead of Weah’s party, the Congress for Democratic Change (CDC).

Weah, who initially rose to power on the popular mantra of change, now finds himself facing diminishing chances of securing another term as the leader of Liberia. The atmosphere is tense as the counting of votes continues, with each passing hour revealing a clearer picture of the potential outcome.

International attention has been drawn to this critical election, with over 9,000 international observers closely monitoring the proceedings. The eyes of the international community are fixed on Liberia, eager to ensure a fair and transparent electoral process.

Weah’s presidency has been marked by both achievements and challenges. During his time in office, he implemented various reforms aimed at improving some aspects of the country. But his tenure has also been plagued by slow progress and ongoing socioeconomic issues that continue to affect the lives of ordinary Liberians.

As the votes are tallied and results start to surface, the tension among Weah’s supporters grows palpable. Many had placed their hopes in his promises of change and a brighter future for Liberia. However, the emerging indications of a potential defeat are causing anxiety and uncertainty among his loyal base.

Meanwhile, Joe Boakai, a seasoned politician and former Vice President, is steadily gaining momentum. It appears his campaign had appea to voters who may desire a more cautious approach to governance and fight against corruption.

Boakai’s message seems to have resonated with a significant portion of the electorate, as reflected in the unofficial preliminary announcements placing him ahead of Weah.

As the official results draw nearer, Weah’s team faces the challenging task of navigating the delicate balance between hope and realism. The fate of Liberia hangs in the balance, and the outcome of this election will undoubtedly shape the country’s future.

NEC has meanwhile, released its first official set of reports which seem to confirm some of the unofficial reports being announced by local media.

According to the National Elections Commission, out of 4,126 total votes from three polling places in Bomi County, the UP candidate obtained 2543 votes constituting 64.1 percent of the votes, while President Weah of the ruling CDC got 1,134, amounting to 28.54%.

In Montserrado County, from a total of 1,243 votes from three polling centers, Boakai took 576, which is 47.56% and President Weah received 547 votes, equaling 45.17 percent.

The coming days will be crucial for Liberia as NEC now starts to release results.

Regardless of the outcome, it is essential that the democratic process is respected, and the will of the Liberian people is upheld. The eyes of the world remain fixed on the nation, eagerly awaiting the official  results and hoping for a peaceful transition of power, regardless of who emerges as the victor.

In this time of uncertainty, one thing is clear: Liberia stands at a crossroads, and the decision of its citizens will shape the course of the nation for years to come.

Over 2 Million Liberians voted Tuesday to elect their President and members of the legislature.

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