By Lincoln G. Peters
The National Elections Commission Monday officially declared former Vice President Joseph Boakai winner of the November 14, Presidential runoff.
The official announcement follows incumbent President George Weah’s concession speech over the weekend after NEC announced over 99 percent of the votes cast on November 14.
Making the final official announcement NEC Chair Davidetta Brown-Lasannah said Amb. Boakai obtained 814,481 constituting 50.64% over President Weah who accumulated 793,914 votes amounting to 49.36%.
According to NEC Chair Brown-Lasannah, about 1,635,088 registered voters participated in the presidential runoff election. Out of this number, she said the valid votes amounted to 1,680,395, while the invalid votes were 25,788.
“Ladies in gentlemen, in this connection, the results of the presidential runoff election indicate that the presidential ticket of candidate Joseph Nyumah Boakai and senator Jeremiah K. Koung of UP has the highest number of votes eight, hundred and fourteen thousand four hundred and eighty-one votes constituting 50.64%. Over incumbent President George M. Weah and Jewel Howard-Taylor of CDC seven hundred and ninety-three thousand nine hundred and fourteen constituting 49.36%’’ she stated.
“Hence, the presidential ticket of candidate Boakai and Koung of the Unity Party is declared by the commission as winner of the 14 November 2023 Presidential runoff elections’’ Madam Brown-Lasannah concluded.
The official announcement was graced by several international and local observation missions including the diplomatic corps.
In attendance at the program were representatives from the Electoral Institute for Sustainable Democracy in Africa (EISA), the European Union (EU), the African Union, and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) among others.