It’s Official: George Weah takes early lead in Liberia’s elections

George Weah
Liberian politician and ex-footballer George Weah speaks during a campaign [Photo credit: Yahoo News]

Football icon, George Weah, is in early lead, according to the official provisional results of Tuesday presidential elections in Liberia.

The results were released by Jerome Korkoya, Chairman of the National Elections Commission, NEC, at the commission’s headquarters in Monrovia.

The results of 1,232 polling units or 22.9 per cent of the total 5,390 polling units across the country were announced.

Weah of the Congress for Democratic Change, CDC, led other candidates in 11 out of the 15 counties that constitute Liberia in the results released so far.

He won in Bomi county with 3,763 votes, while Vice President Joseph Boakai got 2807 votes. In Bong, Weah got 28,233 votes, while Boakai got 24,367.

Weah also beat Boakai in Grand Bassa with 6950 votes. Boakai got 1786.

The county was won by Charles Walker Brumskine, the opposition leader and candidate of Liberty Party with 10,350 votes. He also won Rivercess county with 2970 votes. Weah came second here with 2873, while Boakai got 1089.

At Grand Cape Mount, Weah beat rival Boakai, with 2,663 votes to 2,152. Grand Gedeh also cast their lot with the ex-footballer, giving him 4462 votes to Boakai’s 704. A similar result emerged in Grand Kru, where Weah polled 3983 to Boakai’s 742 votes.

In Gbarpolu, Weah won 3075 votes, narrowly beating Boakai, who got 2768.

Vice President Joseph Boakai of the ruling Unity Party (UP) led in Lofa county, where he got a massive endorsement, winning 27,614 votes to Weah’s 2036 votes.

Former warlord and presidential torch bearer of the National Union for Democratic Progress, Yormie Johnson, defeated others Nimba county. He polled 13786 votes. Weah won 1848 votes here and Boakai came out stronger here, with 4744 votes.

Weah won his highest vote of 38285 votes in Montserrado. His opponent, Boakai got 20,211 votes. Weah also led Boakai in Margibi with 13,270, Maryland, 3892, Rivercess 2873 and Sinoe 9391

While results of the remaining 4,158 polling units are being awaited, the NEC boss was quick to note that no winner has been declared yet.

“It is important to point out that results published by the National Elections Commission are the only official results.

“The Commission asks all other organisations to refrain from announcing anything other than the official results released.

“Candidates and political parties should also be patient and await the official results and not rush to premature conclusions.

“The Commission is committed to the timely release of the results, but this cannot be done at the expense of accuracy.

He advised the media against reporting results that have not been verified by the commission.

“This can lead to problems and expectations that cannot be met. It is important for all to be responsible at this point. This includes the media.

“The National Elections Commission also calls on any person or party that has a complaint to use the established legal channels.

“Our complaints process will investigate thoroughly any complaints and we ask aggrieved parties to submit evidence to support their claims.

“We also call on all parties to be responsible in any allegations they make,” he said.

See results below:


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  • Eseosa Iyawe

    i congratulate the football icon, George Weah.

    • Alexander Bende

      @eseosaiyawe:disqus

      $25 billion NNPC contract is stealing by tricks

      All those discussing Liberia can carry on, but some of us are determined to discuss the big fraud,
      the scam and the looting of the Nigerian state-owned oil company (NNPC) by tricks by the troika of
      Muhamadu Buhari, Yemi Osinbajo and Alhaji Baru (the GMD) of NNPC, under the guise of contracts.
      None of the trio involved has legal authorization to approve $25 billion worth of contracts without
      the approval of NNPC Board of Directors and a concurrent approval of federal executive council.

      EFCC DOES NOT need WHISTLE BLOWER to recover the $25 billion dollar of illegal contracts
      entered by the trio of Muhamadu Buhari, Yemi Osinbajo, and, Alhaji Baru who is GMD of NNPC.
      This is low-hanging fruit, please. It blows its own whistle since none of the three (3) conspirators
      has any right under any law to sign off a total of $25 billion worth of contracts for, or, of services.
      EFCC should wake up and stop chasing shadows. Nigerians want to see arrest and jailing here.
      This $25 billion NNPC fraud is the worst ever scam in the history of Nigeria– a highly criminal plot.

      • Yerima

        There is nothing like $25 Billion fraud in NNPC. Pls get the fact or ask somebody very close to you that is updated on the issue. Nobody carry/looted/embezzled or converted $25 billion from the NNPC.

        • Moss Malone

          Are you a paid agent of the corrupt people in the country? Why don’t you put out the ‘facts’ for people to see if you really mean what you are saying?

          “Nobody carry/looted/embezzled or converted $25 billion from the NNPC.” Please don’t make me laugh.

          Can you vouch that no money has never been embezzled at the NNPC, ever?

  • Nimba County

    @eseosaiyawe:disqus

    George Weah will likely fall short of the 50% + of the votes needed to be declared President of Liberia at this first ballot,
    and will likely go into a run-off election against incumbent Vice President Joseph Boakai of the ruling Unity Party (UP),
    but unless President Sirleaf were to get far more active and rally votes behind her party, (UP), George Weah would
    win that run-off election, based on the 10 point margin he’s leading Vice President Boaka iwith in this first round.

    A third time contestant for the presidency, George Weah has learnt from his defeat in 2005 and in 2011 that
    the memory of the Liberian civil war lingers on and he’s declared national reconciliation as his top priority.
    He took further steps by choosing the ex-wife of former President Charles Taylor as his running mate.
    George Weah went further to form a coalition with two other political parties in a tripartite alliance.