Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

ACROSS AFRICA

Dozens killed in attack on military camp in Mali

Read more

THE DEBATE

Splintered Left: French Socialists divided ahead of primary runoff (part 1)

Read more

THE DEBATE

Splintered Left: Are Europe's social democrats obsolete? (part 2)

Read more

EYE ON AFRICA

New President says Jammeh has agreed to cede power

Read more

ACROSS AFRICA

France finally grants Senegalese vets citizenship

Read more

THE OBSERVERS

Pollution threatens island paradise of Mauritius, and one Cameroonian expat's quest to bring safe drinking water to his country

Read more

THE INTERVIEW

Publicis boss encourages firms to move staff to Paris post-Brexit

Read more

THE INTERVIEW

'Fake news has had almost no impact on Wikipedia'

Read more

FOCUS

Iraq: Embedded with French special forces in Mosul

Read more

Africa

Opposition withdraws recount call, will participate in runoff

Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2011-10-17

Liberia’s main opposition candidate Winston Tubman withdrew a demand for a recount of Tuesday’s a presidential poll, which put the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize-winning incumbent, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, in the lead.

AFP - The Liberian opposition said Sunday it would contest the run-off presidential vote even though it rejects preliminary results of the first round that put the incumbent Ellen Johnson Sirleaf in the lead.

"We are going to fully take part in the second round, but we are not going to accept any more acts of fraud," said Merlie Kemru, campaign manager of former warlord Prince Johnson, who finished third in the October 11 vote behind Sirleaf and former diplomat Winston Tubman.

Sirleaf's party vowed earlier Sunday that she would contest a run-off, even if the opposition boycotted over complaints that the National Elections Commission had fixed the results in favour of the incumbent.

Nine opposition parties had on Saturday issued a joint statement rejecting as "flawed" the provisional results released by the NEC.

Those results gave Sirleaf's a lead with nearly 45 percent of the vote, followed by former diplomat Winston Tubman with 31 percent and former warlord Prince Johnson with 11.2 percent after 71 percent of the ballots were counted.

The opposition statement claimed there was "a calculated and deliberate act by NEC to rig these elections in favour of President Johnson Sirleaf and the Unity Party".

If the provisional results stand up, Sirleaf will lack the majority needed for an outright win and will face the second place finisher in the run-off, likely to be Tubman of Congress for Democratic Change party.

Date created : 2011-10-17

  • Liberia

    Opposition withdraws from 'flawed' election

    Read more

  • LIBERIA

    Incumbent takes lead in early presidential poll results

    Read more

  • LIBERIA

    Africa’s only female president faces a tough home crowd

    Read more

COMMENT(S)