Liberians commenced voting on Tuesday to determine whether to grant former football star George Weah a second presidential term despite controversies or to elect political veteran Joseph Boakai, notwithstanding his advanced age.
The runoff is anticipated to be a tight race between these adversaries, who previously contested in 2017 when Weah secured victory in the second round with over 61 percent of the vote.
During the initial voting round on October 10, Weah, aged 57, and Boakai, aged 78, were nearly tied, both garnering slightly over 43 percent of the vote, with the incumbent holding a 7,126-vote margin.
This year’s election marks the first one since the United Nations concluded its peacekeeping mission in Liberia in 2018, established after the death of more than 250,000 people in two civil wars spanning from 1989 to 2003.
Over 2.4 million citizens are registered to vote, with polling stations operating from 8:00 am (0800 GMT) to 6:00 pm (1800 GMT).
While the incumbent remains popular among the youth, they face the challenge of defending a contentious record in office, while Boakai brings extensive experience from various roles in both public and private sectors.
The electoral commission has a 15-day window to release the results but may potentially do so earlier, as mentioned by one of its officials, Samuel Cole.
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