Source: African Elections Project
Results coming in from AEP field officers show a marginal lead by the Unity Party (UP) of President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, closely followed by the Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) Winston Tubman and his crowd pulling former football star George Weah.
For now Liberians will have to wait at least a another day to learn of the official preliminary results of their general elections which took place yesterday 11th October as the National Elections Commission (NEC) is still in the process compiling results.
The surprise so far is the strong showing of Prince Yomi Johnson whom many did not regard as a strong contender in this election. His party, the National Union for Democratic Progress (NUDP) has virtually swept most of the numbers in the vote-rich Nimba county and he may well be the king maker in the second round.
If the trend stays as it is now and no candidate wins more than 50 percent of the vote a second round of balloting will be held. According to the electoral calendar of NEC, Liberians will be expected to go to the polls again on the 8th of November to choose between the two leading candidates of the first round.
16 Presidential candidates were on the ballots in yesterday's incident free presidential elections with their vice presidential candidates. NEC in a press conference said they will release the preminary results on the 13th of October and the Final results on the 17th of this month.