Liberia

Turnout was low


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Turnout in the second round presidential runoff yesterday may have been as low as 25% to 35%.

Four days prior to the poll, the opposition candidate Winston Tubman of the Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) decided to boycott the poll because he did not believe it would be free and fair. That, along with pre-poll violence on Monday night which resulted in at least four deaths may have contributed to the low turnout as people feared further violence at the polling stations.

Another contributory factor may have been the inevitable election of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the incumbent president and only active candidate left on the ballot paper.

Full results are unlikely to be known for a few days.

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