General Elections in Liberia Commence with Presidential Race in Focus

Soukaina Sghir
Soukaina Sghir
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Nearly 2.4 million voters are heading to the polls on October 10, 2023, to elect their president among other officials. The election, in which the incumbent President George Weah is running, commenced on Tuesday morning.

Liberians started voting on October 10, 2023, to choose their future president while also renewing their Parliament and part of their Senate. However, it is the presidential election that garners the most attention. The current President, George Weah, seeks re-election against 19 competitors. This marks Liberia’s fourth election since the end of the last civil war in 2003.

Deadly clashes in the final stages of the campaign had raised concerns about potential violence. Nevertheless, so far, the voting process is proceeding peacefully. Since Tuesday morning, hundreds of Liberians have gathered at the polling stations under the sun. Some arrived even before the opening, eager to fulfill their constitutional duty.

They must decide among twenty candidates, with three emerging as frontrunners: the incumbent President George Weah, former Vice President Joseph Boakai seeking a rematch after his defeat to Weah in 2017, and businessman Alexander Cummings.

Each candidate is striving to safeguard the votes of their respective supporters. To achieve this, observers have been stationed in polling stations to monitor the electoral process.


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