Staff Reporter |Claims that soccer legend, George Weah was last night declared President of Liberia have been found to be false after it emerged the National Elections Commission Of Liberia, NEC had not even totaled the figures by midnight last night.
The election results were on Wednesday delayed by several glitches at several polling stations with one place encountering disturbances from a politician who compromised the election outcome, according to the NEC.
Vice President Joseph Boakai and footballer George Weah were last night published as top the front runners to succeed outgoing female President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.
But an official report by the NEC which ZimEye.com herein republishes, reveals the polls have encountered challenges at a large scale.
Weah himself was behind Boakai by a few thousands totaled from polling fields obtained by 11pm last night.
The National Elections Commission (NEC) is now expected to announce the first official results from the presidential and legislative elections on Thursday.
If no candidate wins 50% of the presidential vote, the AFP reports, a run-off between the top two contenders will be held on November 7, an outcome analysts say is a near certainty.
The National Elections Commission would like to sincerely thank all voters for their patience and commitment to the electoral process demonstrated yesterday.
The large queues, and at times longer than expected processing times in polling places, were unfortunate and the National Elections Commission apologises to voters for the long waiting times in some places. At the same time I would like to acknowledge the efforts of polling staff that worked tirelessly through the day and night.
There were some incidents of late opening of polling places. These however, have not led to any major obstacles and voters have all voted according to the law. The issues with checking names on the printed voter register were also resolved and all registered voters that queued before 18:00 hours were permitted to vote.
There was also an incident at one precinct in district #4, Nimba County. The elections materials for this precinct, #33019, containing four polling stations, were delivered to, and signed for by Electoral Supervisor, Prince Bollie, but for some reason(s) only three polling places were set up and not four as should have been the case.
Following a disruption of the voting process at the precinct, allegedly incited by a local politician, Mr. Rufus Zerlee, a candidate for the House of Representatives of the Coalition for Liberia’s Progress, CLP, the voting was compromised in the precinct according to the information we have received. The National Elections Commission has launched an inquiry and made a decision to quarantine the materials from the precinct. Polling will be rescheduled in this precinct shortly.
At the various polling places, counting continued throughout the night. Election observers from national organisations and the international community closely observed this process. Political party agents were also watching the process and scrutinising all stages. The electoral process is not, however, over yet. Voting and counting have ended and results sheets posted at polling places. The results are now being transported to tally centres ready for aggregation.
Political parties and others that have a stake in this process are reminded that the National Elections Commission is the only institution in this country that has the powers to release the official results of national elections. We call on all political parties and candidates as well as voters to wait patiently for their release. It is not expected the National Elections Commission will be in a position to start to release provisional results today. We are hoping by tomorrow we can start this process.
As soon as the National Elections Commission is in a position to update the public it shall release further statements.