Weah takes early lead in Liberia election results
MONROVIA, Liberia — One of Liberia’s largest political parties called for a halt to counting votes from the country’s presidential election Thursday, alleging voting irregularities and fraud as former soccer star George Weah took an early lead based on partial provisional results.
Angry Liberty Party supporters who gathered at the party’s headquarters claimed polls in the West African nation opened late and that ballot-tampering occurred in at least one location in the capital, Monrovia.
“These people stood in the rain and under the sun. These people sacrificed,” the party’s vice chairman for political affairs, Abe Darius Dillon, told The Associated Press. The Liberty Party’s candidate is Charles Brumskine, a corporate lawyer who placed third in 2005 elections and fourth in 2011.
Provisional results released by the National Election Commission showed Weah ahead in 14 of Liberia’s 15 counties. Vice President Joseph Boakai led in his home county, Lofa.
Commission Chairman Jerome Korkoya warned that the early results represented a small portion of the total vote.