Liberia Election: Mahama, Afari Gyan Hold Talks with Candidates Ahead of Crucial Rerun Today
Head of the ECOWAS Election Observation Team in Liberia, John Mahama, has held discussions with the two Presidential Candidates in the December 26 run-off election.
In separate meetings on December 25, 2017, with Vice President Joseph Boakai of the ruling Unity Party and George Weah from the Coalition of Democratic Change, President Mahama called for a peaceful vote.
Former President John Mahama urged both candidates to be level-headed and vote peacefully.
The briefing included a presentation by the ECOWAS Technical Support Team that was deployed to assist the Liberian National Election Commission to evaluate their voter register and technical capacity.
The Technical Support Team, which was led by the former Chairperson of the Electoral Commission of Ghana, Dr Kwadwo Afari Gyan, assisted the Liberian NEC to update their systems.
The rerun comes off between the current Vice President of the country, John Boakai of the Unity Party, and 1995 World Player of the Year, George Oppong Weah of the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC).
The first round was held on October 10 to replace President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, however, both men fell short of the 50 percent plus one vote stipulated by the constitution for the winner to emerge in the first round.
A Liberian citizen and voter, Roland Johnson, told Joy News voting is ongoing smoothly.