There are at least 2.4 million registered voters in Liberia, and President George Weah is running for reelection following his first six years in office.
After a great football career, Weah, 57, decided to enter politics and has promised to create more roads if reelected so that he may achieve his vow to repair Liberia’s broken economy, institutions, and infrastructure.
Weah, who was elected in 2017 in the first democratic shift of power in the country in almost 70 years, is currently one of 20 contenders for president.
The winner needs to get at least 51.9% of the vote to avoid a second-round vote. Weah concluded his campaign with a march through Monrovia on Sunday night, portraying his first term as a success despite serious setbacks.
The iron-ore-rich West African nation is still recovering from two terrible civil wars that occurred between 1989 and 2003 and an Ebola epidemic that occurred between 2013 and 2016. I’m pleased with the results we’ve achieved despite the challenges we’ve faced.
Weah informed his adoring audience that they had accomplished a great deal despite having fewer resources at their disposal and had resolved several systemic issues. The opposition and Liberia’s international partners have accused him of failing to do enough during his first term to combat corruption in the country.
The United States sanctioned his chief of staff and two other high-ranking officials for corruption in 2022, prompting him to dismiss them. In his farewell address, he mentioned the nomination of impartial members to the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission and other measures done to combat corruption.
We intend to step up our fight against corruption during our second term, he stated. Weah’s major opponent is Joseph Boakai, 78, who was the vice president till Weah defeated him in a runoff election in 2017.
Boakai has based his campaign on the promise that he will save Liberia from the mismanagement of the Weah government.
Additionally, voters will choose 17 senators to fill the remaining seats in the 30-member senate.
There have been relatively few violent incidents throughout the election campaign, but two deaths in September have prompted the United Nations human rights office to raise alarm over election-related violence.
Several people were injured on Sunday as campaigns ended in the city and rival supporters clashed.