AU deploys election observer mission to Liberia

AUC Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat
AUC Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat

Liberians are today casting their ballots for the nest president in a contest between vice president Joseph Boakai and football great George Weah.

Ahead of the vote, the African Union deployed an observer mission in Monrovia to monitor the process.

In a statement, the continental body said AU Commission chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat approve the deployment of the team until December 31.

According to that statement, the AU has been involved in Liberia’s electoral process since the beginning of the year, having both long-term and short-term observers on the ground.

Observer missions deployed to the West African country gave a clean bill of health to the electoral process.

After the first round of voting, no candidate secured the required 50 per cent plus one vote, meaning a second round had to be conducted.

The run-off vote was initially scheduled for November 7 but had to be postponed due to a court petition which was to be determined on November 6.

Following the final determination and lifting of suspension of the conduct of the run-off election by the Supreme Court of Liberia, the National Electoral Commission has announced December 26 as the new date for the poll.