Weah Maintains Steady Lead Over JNB -1,595 Polling Places Left to Game Time

MONROVIA: Former ruling Unity Party (UP) put smiles on the faces of its supporters and triggered premature jubilations when the first count of votes from the October 10 poll declared it on top of the ruling Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC). Since that pleasant initial move, the UP has taken the backseat, trailing, while the CDC continues to cling onto the top seat of the roster. Though the UP has narrowed the gap from over 13,000 votes to now 3,500 in 24 hours, some pundits believe the pace could remain irreversible as two critical strongholds of the former ruling party -Gbarpolu and Lofa counties–dry out of anymore count, while a couple of CDC bases remain fertile. Howbeit, the race is tight, and anything can happen, as The Analyst reports.

The announcement of the results of the October 10, 2023 general elections entered the 5th day yesterday, Sunday, October 15, 2023 with the presidential outcome showing President George Manneh Weah maintaining a marginal lead.

According to the National Elections Commission, the CDC has accumulatively earned 593,558 registered votes against the 589,977 netted by the Standard Bearer of the Unity Party (UP), Ambassador Joseph Nyuma Boakai.

The latest pronouncement comes after votes from 4,295 out of the 5890 polling places were counted. About 1,595 polling places are accordingly outstanding.

Announcing the results, the Chairperson of the National Elections Commission (NEC), Madam Davidetta Brown Lassanah, said from records of the exercise, 1,355,144 valid votes have been tallied so far while 80,910 invalid votes have been recorded.

Further interpretation of the results showed that President Weah has bagged 43.80% of the votes counted while Boakai got 43.54, a stiff competition that divides the two contenders by 0.026%

While some counties are almost at the end of the counting process, Lofa County, the stronghold of former Vice President Boakai became the first county to have its counting completely done at 100%. All 73,761 going into his kitty, representing 73.18% of the total votes while President Weah securing 35,951, representing 27.37%.

The Sunday announcement also indicated that in Bong County, the CDC also leads, 66,358  or 44.17% while the UP is 58265 or 38.78%

For Grand Bassa County, it is CDC 31,050 or 43.80 percent and UP UP25,040 or 35.32%; Cape

Mount is: UP 13,719 or 45.56 % and CDC 12,504 or 41.53 percent.

In Grand Gedeh, the CDC has got 27,752 or 78.19 and the UP UP 3,728 or 10.50 percent. Grand Kru: CDC 17,200 or 79.82 percent and UP 1,673 or 7.76 percent.

Lofa produced the following results: UP 73,761 or 56.16 and CDC 35,951 or 27.37 percent, while Margibi reported: UP 17,502 or 50.36 percent and CDC 13,758 or 39.59 percent.

Maryland is: CDC 21,339 or 73.18 and UP is 37,82 or 12.97 percent, and Nimba: UP 96,582 or 57.88 and CDC is 35,474 or 21.26 percent.

In River Cess, the NEC reported: CDC 12,113 or 58.53 percent and UP 5,287 or 25.54 percent, while Sinoe County reported: CDC 11,239 or 78.24 percent, and UP 1,572 or 10.94 percent, and River Gee: CDC 19,130 or 70.27 and UP 4, 417 or 16.22 percent.

In votes rich Montserrado: CDC 26,2633 or 47.39 percent and UP, 25,2155 or 45.50 percent.

Total accumulated so far by both parties, as reported by the NEC on Sunday: CDC 593,558 or     43.80% and UP 58,9977 or 43.54%.

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