Liberia vote-counting continues as runoff election likely

MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) – Vote counting continued across Liberia following presidential elections that are almost certain to go to a runoff with 20 candidates contesting.

The state-run Liberia Broadcasting System reported yesterday there likely will be a runoff based on preliminary figures seen by its correspondents.

Unofficial early results announced by the station favoured ex-soccer star George Weah of the Coalition for Democratic Change and Vice President Joseph Boakai of the ruling Unity Party.

International observers said Tuesday’s vote went smoothly despite late voting starts in some counties. Final results should be known within two weeks.

Electoral officials use a lantern as they count ballot papers at the end of voting at a polling station in Monrovia, Liberia, on Tuesday. – AP