Liberia will hold a delayed presidential run-off vote on December 26, electoral officials have said. Tthe National Elections Commission (NEC) made the announcement in a press briefing on Tuesday, saying official campaigning must end by December 24. “We call on the two political parties in the run-off election … to go about their campaign in a peaceful manner,” said Jerome Korkoya, NEC chairman. A run-off was originally scheduled for last month between George Weah, an international football star-turned-politician, and Vice President Joseph Boakai.
The two presidential candidates ranked first and second respectively in the first round on October 10.
However, neither 51-year-old Weah, of the Coalition for Democratic Change, nor 73-year-old Boakai, of the ruling Unity Party, scored more than the 50 percent needed to win outright.