Liberia’s presidential election likely to need runoff vote

October 15, 2017

MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — Election officials in Liberia say the presidential election appears headed to a runoff vote.

The head of the National Elections Commission said Sunday that former soccer superstar George Weah maintains his lead in the election, but only has 39 percent of the vote.

Vice President Joseph Boakai has about 29 percent. The remaining votes were spread across a crowded field of 18 other candidates.

The latest results represent about 95 percent of all ballots cast. Since only 5 percent are left to count, officials say a second round vote looks likely.

A runoff vote must be held within two weeks after final results are declared. The winner will succeed Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Africa’s first female president who is stepping down after two terms.

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