Liberian general election, 2017

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Liberian presidential election, 2017

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Nominee George Weah Joseph Boakai
Party CDC Unity
Running mate Jewel Taylor Emmanuel Nuquay
Popular vote 732,185 457,579
Percentage 61.5% 38.5%

2017 Liberian presidential election map by county (2nd round).svg
Counties won in the second round

President before election

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf
Unity

Elected President

George Weah
Coalition for Democratic Change

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General elections were held in Liberia on 10 October 2017 to elect the President and House of Representatives. No candidate won a majority in the first round of the presidential vote, so the top two finishers — CDC standard-bearer Amb. George Weah and UP standard-bearer Vice President Joseph Boakai — competed in a run-off on 26 December. The second round was originally scheduled for 7 November,[1] but was postponed after LP standard-bearer Cllr. Charles Brumskine, in third place, challenged the result in the Supreme Court.[2] The Supreme Court dismissed the challenge, which would have forced a re-run of the first round had it been successful,[3] and the second round was held on 26 December. Weah emerged victorious with just over 60% of the vote.[4]

The elections were overseen by the National Elections Commission (NEC) and were the first elections to be run entirely by the Government of Liberia and security forces since the conclusion of the civil wars in 2003.[5]

Electoral system

The President is elected using the two-round system,[6] whilst the 73 members of the House of Representatives are elected by first-past-the-post voting in single-member constituencies.[7]

Candidates

Incumbent President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, in office since 2006, was constitutionally barred from running for a third term; the election was therefore to choose her successor.[8]

Opinion polls

Pollster Date Sample size Boakai
Unity
Weah
CDC
Johnson
FDUP
Urey
All Liberian
Brumskine
Liberty
Cooper
ULD
Cummings
ANC
Undecided
Liberia Holding Consortium May 2017 275 29.45% 21.18% N/A 11.26% 16% 0.72% 9.45% N/A
Liberia Holding Consortium June 2017 484 36.36% 18.38% 3.92% 4.75% 13.22% 0.82% 7.02% 13.01%
Liberia Holding Consortium August 2017 763 33.81% 21.1% 2.88% 2.49% 12.45% N/A 5.63% 13.63%
International Political Polls August 2017 1,224 21.74% 24.73% 8.72% 6.38% 23.49% N/A 9.55% N/A

Conduct

The European Union Electoral Observer Mission (EU EOM)'s preliminary statement, issued on 12 October 2017, acknowledged generally peaceful polling. However, "The EU EOM has directly observed several instances of public officials engaged in campaigning that further hampered equality among contestants. The mission has received claims about the uneven use of state resources and access to public spaces working to the advantage of the incumbent. The mission's direct observation indicates a high level of monetisation of the campaign, where a culture of in-kind and financial hand-outs to communities prevails."[15]

Results

Counties won in the first round

President

Candidate Party First round Second round
Votes % Votes %
George Weah Coalition for Democratic Change 596,037 38.4 732,185 61.5
Joseph Boakai Unity Party 446,716 28.8 457,579 38.5
Charles Brumskine Liberty Party 149,495 9.6
Prince Johnson Movement for Democracy and Reconstruction 127,666 8.2
Alexander B. Cummings Alternative National Congress 112,067 7.2
Benoni Urey All Liberian Party 24,246 1.6
Joseph Mills Jones Movement for Economic Empowerment 12,854 0.8
MacDella Cooper Liberia Restoration Party 11,645 0.7
Henry Fahnbulleh Liberian People's Party 11,560 0.7
Oscar Cooper Independent 10,381 0.7
MacDonald Wento United People's Party 8,968 0.6
Simeon Freeman Movement for Progressive Change 6,682 0.4
Isaac Wiles Democratic Justice Party 6,379 0.4
Aloysius Kpadeh Independent 5,922 0.4
Kennedy Sandy Liberia Transformation Party 5,343 0.3
George Dweh Redemption Democratic Congress 4,935 0.3
William Tuider New Liberia Party 4,920 0.3
Jeremiah Whapoe Vision for Liberia Transformation 3,946 0.3
Yarkpajuwur Mator Independent 1,940 0.1
Wendell McIntosh Change Democratic Action 1,646 0.1
Invalid/blank votes 88,574 28,360
Total 1,641,922 100 1,218,124 100
Registered voters/turnout 2,183,629 75.2
Source: NEC, NEC

House of Representatives

Constituencies won
Party Votes % Seats +/–
Coalition for Democratic Change (CDCNPPLPDP) 239,754 15.57 21 +7
Unity Party 220,508 14.32 20 −4
Liberty Party 131,980 8.57 3 −4
Alternative National Congress 93,475 6.07 0 New
People's Unification Party 90,421 5.87 5 New
All Liberian Party 77,013 5.00 3 New
Movement for Economic Empowerment 59,268 3.85 1 New
Movement for Democracy and Reconstruction 56,734 3.69 2 New
Coalition for Liberia's Progress 50,732 3.30 0 New
Liberia Transformation Party 49,621 3.22 1 0
United People's Party 47,357 3.08 1 New
Victory for Change Party 28,385 1.84 1 +1
Liberian People's Party 24,287 1.58 1 New
Vision for Liberia Transformation 21,324 1.39 0 New
Grassroot Democratic Party of Liberia 20,588 1.34 0 0
Liberia National Union 20,227 1.31 1 +1
Movement for Progressive Change 19,980 1.30 0 −2
True Whig Party 14,723 0.96 0 New
Liberia Restoration Party 11,690 0.76 0 New
Democratic Justice Party 7,415 0.48 0 New
Change Democratic Action 7,166 0.47 0 New
Redemption Democratic Congress 5,731 0.37 0 New
Liberians for Prosperity 628 0.04 0 New
New Liberia Party 494 0.03 0 New
Independents 240,001 15.59 13 −2
Invalid/blank votes 83,427
Total 1,622,929 100 73 0
Registered voters/turnout
Source: NEC

References

  1. ^ Liberia election: Weah and Boakai headed for presidential run-off BBC News, 16 October 2017
  2. ^ Liberia presidential vote halted by country's Supreme Court BBC News, 1 November 2017
  3. ^ Liberian authorities tight-lipped over run-off and electoral roll clean-up Radio France International, 11 December 2017
  4. ^ George Weah elected Liberian president BBC News, 28 December 2017
  5. ^ 'Everything is going to plan' – Liberians vote in first election run without UN The Guardian, 11 October 2017
  6. ^ Liberia IFES
  7. ^ Electoral system IPU
  8. ^ a b c d e Liberia's election threatens its fragile stability Financial Times, 8 April 2016
  9. ^ Liberia's Brumskine Outlines Vision for 2017 Presidential Bid VOA, 17 July 2015
  10. ^ First 2017 Female Presidential Aspirant Liberian Observer, 18 October 2016
  11. ^ Alexander B. Cummings – The free-marketeer presidential candidate hoping to transform Liberia International Business Times, 23 January 2017
  12. ^ Dr. Mills Jones Calls on Liberians to Elect Talented People in Office Front Page Africa
  13. ^ Liberia ex-footballer George Weah to run for president again BBC News, 28 April 2016
  14. ^ UPP will not accept foreign money The New Dawn, 19 June 2017
  15. ^ Preliminary statement: Liberians mobilise for a democratic transition in elections, with scope for legal and procedural improvements European Union Election Observation Mission, 12 October 2017
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