Liberia: NEC Reports 70 Percent of Total Votes - Ellen Still Leads With 45.4 Percent

The National Elections Commission (NEC) has announced that 2,242 of the 4,457 polling places across the country have reported so far which put incumbent Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of the Unity Party (UP) at 45.4% with total votes of 265,883.

The main opposition, Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) of Cllr. Winston A. Tubman is at 29.5% with total votes of 172,681 and the National Union for Democratic Progress (NUDP) of Senator Prince Y. Johnson follows with 11.4% with total votes of 66,419.

Although, there are reports that results from the stronghold of the CDC are yet to be announced, the Commission said it was making effort to get them out, particularly in the Monrovia area.

Addressing a news conference on Friday evening, NEC Chairman, James Fromayan put total valid votes accumulated from the 2,242 polling places across the country at 585,179 and invalid votes at 44,098 thus making a total of 629,277 votes.

CDC is leading in senatorial and representative polls for Montserrado County, but results for the presidential candidates are yet to surface, although the Mr. Fromayan told reporters on Friday that efforts were being made to get them out.

There are still speculations of a possible runoff, although executives of the ruling party have ruled out any possibility of runoff.

The Commission is expected to hold another press conference later today.

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