Weah takes early lead in Liberia elec­tion re­sults

Las Vegas Review-Journal - - WORLD - By Jonathan Paye-layleh The As­so­ci­ated Press

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.

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