Vote counting is currently underway in Liberia following Tuesday’s election, as President George Weah seeks a second term. Local and regional election observers have reported peaceful polling, despite clashes between rival political camps in the final days of the campaign.
Voter turnout was high, with the economic crisis and corruption allegations dominating the campaign. The election commission is set to announce the first results later on Wednesday. Weah is considered the favorite to win, with former Vice-President Joseph Boakai as his main challenger.
However, a run-off will be held if no candidate secures more than 50% of the votes. Parliamentary elections were also held alongside the presidential election, with 2.4 million people registered to vote.
The delivery of election materials to some remote areas was delayed due to floods and muddy roads, resulting in the loss of some election materials. This election marks the first time a generation of young voters, born in peace-time Liberia, have participated in national elections. The final announcement of results will be made within 15 days.