Liberians Go to the Poll Tomorrow

Liberian Leader Ellen Johnson Sirleaf Yields as Voters Choose Her Successor

Liberian Leader Ellen Johnson Sirleaf Yields as Voters Choose Her Successor

There are fears that if the results are not accepted the tensions and violence of Liberia's past could return.

Former President Mahama said Africa was consolidating democracy by holding general elections and hoped Liberians would live up to expectation to be counted among leading democratic African countries.

The victor of the election will replace outgoing President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the first woman head of state in Africa, 78 years old and Nobel Peace Prize laureate in 2011, who, after two consecutive terms is unable to put herself forward as candidate again.

In addition to the presidential race, Liberians are also set to elect 73 members of the House of Representatives out of 1,000 possible candidates on Tuesday.

Johnson Sirleaf, Africa's first elected female president who's governed the impoverished nation for the past 12 years, has thrown her support behind Vice President Joseph Boakai, 72.

The House of Representatives use a first-past-the-post system, where the representative with the highest number of votes is elected.

Meanwhile, the Association is calling on all registered Liberians to exercise their political franchise by fully participating in Tuesday's election.

Of the 20 presidential candidates based on campaign activities coupled with debate across the country, there are six major contenders including; the Coalition for Democratic Change of former world best footballer, now Senator of Montserrado County George Manneh Weah, opposition Liberty Party of former Senate Pro-Tempore, Cllr.

Jewel Howard-Taylor, wife of former President Charles Taylor who is serving a jail term in the U.K, has been chosen as running mate by Weah.

A run-off is highly likely this year as there are 20 candidates in a crowded field and the incumbent, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, can not run having served the maximum two terms.

Another top candidate, ex-warlord Prince Johnson, who videotaped himself as his fighters tortured and killed president Samuel Doe in 1990, has expressed doubt about Mr Weah's ability to govern.

The vote will go to a run-off in November if no candidate wins 50 percent of the votes in the first round.

The poll will have only Liberian security forces led by the police in charge because two years ago the United Nations peacekeeping mission serving in the country since 2003 handed security responsibilities to the government.

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