Liberian President’s Son Loses Poll

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The youngest and highly controversial son of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Robert Sirleaf, who entered the 2014 Senatorial race for the coveted Montserrado seat, has been defeated by what appears to be a wide margin based on provisional results released via radio broadcasts so far.

Robert was defeated in the poll by his archrival, soccer legend George Weah. Though the official pronouncement has not been declared by the National Elections Commission (NEC), yet provisional results counted, processed and posted at the Commission’s offices in the capital, Monrovia, indicate that Weah has accumulated over 50 percent of the votes cast.

Another contender in the race, Benjamin Sanvee, openly congratulated Weah through a comment posted on his Facebook page.  According to Sanvee, an official congratulatory statement will be released shortly.

There has not been any statement from Sirleaf.

The President’s Unity Party recently declared Mr. Sirleaf "an enemy of the state", urging voters not to elect him.

Liberians participated in a senatorial election on Saturday, in the face of the country’s continued struggle to eradicate the deadly Ebola virus.The poll was carried out with enforcement of preventive measures as issued by the health authority. People were asked to wash their hands before entering polling centers, while voters were restricted to a three feet distance from each other within the queues.

For fear of the risks that electoral activities posed to the fight against Ebola, voter turnout was very low in most parts of the country, including Monrovia.

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