George Weah, Vice President Boakai Lead in Liberia’s Presidential Election
Monrovia – The Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) and the ruling Unity Party (UP) are leading the just ended presidential elections held last Tuesday, according to preliminary results released by the National Elections Commission Thursday evening.
Report by Lennart Dodoo, [email protected]
Bomi County has reported 32 Polling Place(s) of its total 158 Polling Places ( 20.25%) with Senator George Weah being in the lead so far with 3,763 votes (44.4%) followed by Vice President Joseph Boakai with 2,807 votes (33.1 %). Liberty Party Charles Walker Brumskine is crawling here with 381 votes (4.5 %)
In Bong County 241 Polling Places of 502 Polling Places (48.01%) are reporting that VP Boakai is in the second place with 24,367 votes (34.0) percent behind Senator Weah who has so far accumulated 28,233 votes (39.4%).
Cllr. Brumskine is at third place with 3,882 votes (5.4 %)
In Gbarpolu County, from 26 of 133 polling places reporting (19.55%), Senator Weah leads with 3,075 votes (41.6%) followed by VP Boakai with 2,768 votes for 37.4 percent. Cllr. Brumskine attained 286 votes (3.9%).
In Grand Bassa County known to be the stronghold of the Liberty Party, 78 Polling Places of total 388 Polling Places (20.10%) have reported so far that Cllr. Brumskine is in the lead there with 10,350 votes (48.4 %) followed by Senator Weah who few days before the opening of campaign was joined by former Grand Bassa Senator Gbehzohngar Findley from VP Boakai’s camp.
Senator Weah has so far attained 6,950 votes representing 32.5 %. VP Boakai named to get 1,786 votes (8.3 %).
The presence of Grand Cape Mount County Senator, Cllr. Varney Sherman in the camp of the UP hasn’t shown to be playing well for the VP Boakai thus far.
22 Polling Places of 171 Polling Places (12.87%) show that senator Weah has accumulated 2,663 votes (46.4 %).
VP Boakai follows with 2,152 votes (37.5%). Brumskine is again trailing here with 179 votes which is just 3.1% of the votes.
Grand Kru County has reported from 28 of its 99 polling places (28.28%) that Senator Weah has 3,982 votes (58.2%).
VP Boakai is in the second place with 742 votes which is 10.8% of the votes reported. Cllr. Brumskine is at the third place here with 628 votes (9.2 %).
VP is commanding the lead in his home county – Lofa – which has reported 123 polling place of total 417 polling places (29.50%). Here VP has 27,614 votes (78.1%). Senator Weah strife for 2,036 votes (5.8%) while 3,112 votes (8.8%)
In Margibi County, the home of VP Boakai’s vice standard bearer Emmanuel Nuquay, Senator Weah leads with 42.8 percent followed by VP Boakai with 34.6 percent, Alexander Cummings with 7.2 percent and Charles Brumskine with 6.8 percent.
The dismal results in Margibi County for the UP come at a blow for Emmanuel Nuquay, Mr. Boakai’s running mate.
The current Speaker of the lower house of the national legislature was picked in a bid to cement VP Boakai’s hold of the Kpelleh belt.
The ruling Party is trailing Weah’s CDC by 3,000 votes from 60 per cent of tallied votes so far.
Many are pointing to the infighting in the county’s legislative race for the showing.
Political observers say, Speaker Nuquay’s long-standing feud with electoral District Four lawmaker Ben Fofana coupled with Speaker Nuquay’s breakup with influential youth and successor, Clarence Gahr was key to his downfall.
Though Rep. Fofana contested on the candidate of Unity Party, he reportedly slowed down in supporting the Boakai-Nuquay because according to him, Speaker Nuquay was still supporting his candidate Francis Cooper.
Rep. Fofana leads in his district by a distant margin but the Unity Party fared poorly in district four and other parts of Margibi County.
All of the candidates Speaker Nuquay supported in the county lost.
FrontPageAfrica has gathered that those who won are planning to fight Speaker Nuquay.
In District #5, Unity Party lost in Speaker Nuquay’s District #5. Already, the agitations were high in the district after Mr. Gahr, who just won the seat vacated by Speaker Nuquay, was removed.
Not many people welcomed Speaker Nuquay’s decision to field his protégé Alexander Charlie, Nuquay’s anointed candidate in the district to replace him was responsible for the Unity Party Dismal performance in Bong County.
Speaker Nuquay established many frontlines for himself and it is left to see how he will make fence to secure his future.
Montserrado County – known to be Weah’s stronghold has reported 252 polling places of 1790 polling places (14.08%) Senator Weah has attained so far 38,285 votes (50.4%) followed by VP Boakai 20,211 votes (26.6%) while Brumskine has 5,438 votes (7.2%).
Senator Weah is again in the lead in Maryland County which has reported 42 polling place(s) of total 156 polling places (26.92%).
Senator Weah has 3,892 votes (36.2 %), Cummings 3,381 votes (31.5 %) and VP Boakai 1,612 votes (15.0%) and Brumskine has 400 votes (3.7 %).
Senator Prince Y. Johnson has seized Nimba which has also reported 94 polling places of total 699 polling places (13.45%). He has accumulated so far 13,786 votes (52.6 %) followed by VP Boakai 4,744 votes (18.1%) and Senator Weah 1,848 votes (7.1 %)
Thirty-one polling places of 97 polling places (31.96%) have reported so far in Rivercess has it that Cllr. Brumskine is in the lead with 2,970 votes (37. %) followed by Senator Weah 2,873 votes (36.1%) and 1,089 votes (13.7 %).
Eighty-three polling places of total 95 polling places (87.37%) have reported in River Gee County. Senator Weah is leading here with 12,883 votes representing on 60.7 % followed by Alexander Cummings 1,055 votes (5.0 %) and VP Boakai has so far attained 3,369 votes representing 15.9 %.
Sinoe County has reported 83 Polling Place(s) of total 95 polling places (87.37%) indicating that 9,391 votes (69.3%) followed by Vice President Boakai 1,771 votes (13.1%) and 349 votes representing 2.6 %.