Thin Margin Separates Weah, Boakai -As NEC Begins Release of Runoff Results

MONROVIA: There seemed to be a strong indication yesterday, Wednesday, November 15, 2023 of a long suspense as to who will take a clear lead between President George Manneh Weah and his challenger in the just concluded presidential runoff, Ambassador Joseph Nyuma Boakai, after the release of the preliminary results did not establish a clear lead for any of the two, as only a few votes separated both of them.

Speaking at the National Headquarters of the National Elections Commission (NEC), Chairperson Madam Davidetta Brown-Lassanah said: “having successfully conducted the Presidential Run-off Election, the Commission informs you about on-the-spot vote counting which was completed immediately following the polls of 14 November 2023”.

Madam Lassanah, while giving a breakdown situation report of the electoral process, said the retrieval of electoral materials used during the polls also began immediately following the counting of votes and is continuing.

The Commission reports that during the vote counting and the retrieval of electoral materials, there were isolated cases of disturbances at some of the precincts, especially in Montserrado County. For example, at Sister Kathleen McGuire Catholic School Precinct in Electoral District #6, some citizens damaged one of the rented vehicles on grounds that it was not an NEC vehicle and should not have taken electoral materials to voting centers.

Similarly, in Electoral District #12, at the Chicken Soup Factory AGM School, another hired vehicle was prevented from retrieving electoral materials for the same reason. Also, in Electoral District #2 at the MVTC precinct, an electoral supervisor was attacked and wounded. “Thankfully, the LNP took the necessary actions to quell those incidents,” she said.

She told the audience that the tally process was officially launched yesterday, Wednesday, 15 November 2023 at the Ellen Johnson Sirleaf Ministerial Complex for Montserrado County and the 17 magisterial areas outside of Montserrado which was witnessed by Party agents as well as independent local, regional and international observers.

She further stated that the tallied official results from the Magistrate offices are already being progressively transmitted to the NEC Data Center at the headquarters for collation.

Turning to the presentation of the results Madam Lassanah, who shared the responsibility of reading out the results to some of his colleagues, said out of the 5890 polling places nationwide, only 1315 polling places were declared from which a consolidated report which showed the Standard Bearer of the Unity Party, Ambassador Boakai netted 193,041 votes which represent 50.71% while President George Manneh Weah recorded 187, 615 votes.

Summary breakdown of Tallies

In accordance with the breakdown of some of the results obtained from the counties, in Grand Cape Mount County where 41 out of 213 polling places were tallied, UP got 6,447 votes, while CDC got 4,948.

In River Gee County, where 29 out of 98 polling places were tallied, CDC got 5,772 votes, while UP got 2,094 votes; while in Montserrado County in which 557 polling places out of 2008 were tallied, UP got 96,789, while CDC got 85,821 votes.

In Grand Gedeh where 65 out of 163 polling places were tallied, CDC got 15,681 votes, while UP got 1,920 votes.

In Bong County where 102 out of 555 polling places were tallied, CDC got 14,383 votes, while UP got 12,204. In River Cess County where 41 of 105 polling places were tallied, CDC got 6,349 votes, while UP got 2,755.

In Sinoe County where 53 of 152 polling places were tallied, CDC got 9,951 votes, while UP got 1,942. In Bomi County where 50 of 171 polling places were tallied, UP got 8,071 votes, while CDC got 4,759; and in Margibi County where 82 of 441 polling places were tallied, UP got 13,600 votes, while CDC got 10,099 votes.

In Grand Bassa County where 14 of 405 polling places were tallied, CDC got 1,172 votes, while UP got 784 votes. In Nimba County where 127 of 736 polling places were tallied, UP got 25,360 votes, while CDC got 8,536 votes.

In Gbarpolu County where 42 of 134 polling places were tallied, UP got 5,610 votes, while CDC got 4,507; and in Maryland County where 43 of 175 polling places were tallied, CDC got 9,475 votes, while UP got 2,630 votes.

In Lofa County where 68 of 424 polling places were tallied, UP got 12,835 votes, while CDC got 6,162.

Meanwhile, according to NEC, Grand Kru County results were not provided due to the late start of tallying in the county.

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