Liberian youth cast vote day after Christmas

The Liberian former global soccer legend turned politician won the first round of the polls contested by 20 presidential candidates, but he did not obtain the 50 percent plus one vote required to be declared victor.

His opponent Joseph Boakai was well behind with 38.5% of the vote. We can not feast now because we have to go vote tomorrow.

The victor of the election will replace Nobel Peace Prize laureate and Africa's first democratically elected president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.

He clinched votes in 12 out of 15 counties in the West African country to become the 25th President of Liberia. "Many voters are eager for change and therefore less likely to cast their ballots for the incumbent party".

Both declared victory was theirs for the taking. "Because the people believe in us and they know we represent the best", said Boakai, a public servant of four decades standing, seen as the establishment candidate.

Former Nigerian president Goodluck Jonathan, who served as an electoral observer for the US-based National Democratic Institute (NDI), said a successful resolution to the process was of particular importance within the global community.

"The victory is certain, I am sure that I am going to win", he told journalists after casting his ballot.

Weah alleges that electoral fraud cost him the presidency in 2005 and the vice-presidency in 2011.

Morlu adds that the CDC has remained in the opposition for 12 years, and he thinks it is now the rightful time for the party to take national power which citizens will enjoy greatly. "So I know Boakai can not defeat me", Weah said ahead of the vote.

Though the NEC has not made any pronouncement following the vote on Tuesday, unofficial results that are partly coming in appear to put Mr. Weah in the early lead against Mr. Boakai.

  • Jon Douglas