Polls close in Liberia’s run-off elections, counting underway


Liberians vote

Vote counting is underway at 5,390 polling units across Liberia following Tuesday’s presidential run-off election described by observers as “generally peaceful and smooth’’.

The polls closed at 6 p.m. local time (1800 GMT) followed by sorting of ballots under the watchful eyes of party agents and observers.

Voter turnout in the run-off is widely believed to be poor, compared to the Oct. 10 general elections that witnessed long queues of anxious voters stretching several metres from voting points.

However, co-leader of the National Democratic Institute (NDI) International Elections Observation Mission and former Nigerian President, Dr Goodluck Jonathan, said the turnout was impressive.

“The turnout that people have been complaining about, from our observation in the places we have visited within Monrovia, it cannot be less than 60 per cent.

“We may not…

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