10 November 2011

Liberia: President Sirleaf Re-Elected As President

The polls opened as scheduled despite violence the day before that killed at least one opposition protester during a clash with riot police. ... ( Resource: Liberia Run-off Election )

Incumbent Ellen Sirleaf, Africa's only female president has been re-elected in Liberia's second round votes with 90.2 % of total votes cast despite the boycott of its main contender, Tubman of the Congress for Democratic Change (CDC).

National Election Commission acting chair Elizabeth Nelson, declaring the results late Thursday said that, with 86% of precincts reporting, Sirleaf received 513,320 votes out of 565,391 tallied and the opposition CDC received 52,071 ballots representing 9.2 percent. Voter participation was around 587,064 representing 37.4% of registered voters, unlike the 71 percent who participated in the first round.

After being pronounced winner, President Sirleaf vowed to reconcile the divided nation saying, "I will reach out to all the presidential candidates. What I will offer them is not yet known because I haven't really focused on organizing the government."

Meanwhile Tubman who has said will not accept the outcome has also declined Ellen Johnson Sirleaf's 'government of unity' offer, saying that "I have never wanted a job from her government".

President Johnson Sirleaf came out on top in the first round of voting in October, but as Liberian constitution required she did not garner the more than 50 percent of the votes necessary to win outright, and so faced a runoff against Mr. Tubman who placed second.

Both local and International monitors have said both the first and second polls were generally free and fair.

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