CDC pull out of second round runoff
The second round runoff challenger to incumbent president Ellen John Sirleaf has pulled out of the presidential race with just four days to go.
The election, which takes place on Tuesday 8th November, will go ahead without Winston Tubman of the Congress for Democratic Change. The only other candidate is Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of the Unity Party who is now sure to win as a result of the boycott.
Winston Tubman has withdrawn his candidacy because he says the conditions required for a democratic election had not been met. This is despite the resignation of the National Elections Commission (NEC) Chairman, James Fromayan, last week. Mr Tubman told reporters that “We will never reward fraud and abuse of power and will never grant legitimacy to a corrupt political process.”
The new NEC Chairman has said that the vote will go ahead despite the boycott and third place candidate, Prince Johnson who took 12% of the vote in the first round has urged his supporters to vote for Mrs Johnson.