News / Africa

    8 Opposition Parties Pull Out of Liberian Election

    Polling agents count ballots for the Liberian presidential election at a polling station in Monrovia, October 11, 2011.
    Polling agents count ballots for the Liberian presidential election at a polling station in Monrovia, October 11, 2011.

    In Liberia, eight opposition parties are pulling out of presidential elections after they say Tuesday's vote was fraudulent. Incumbent President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is leading the vote count but looks to be heading to a second-round run-off.

    The eight opposition parties say vote totals announced by Liberia's National Electoral Commission are “null and void” because electoral officials are manipulating results to favor President Sirleaf.

    She is leading 15 challengers including former justice minister Winston Tubman and the former rebel leader and current Senator Prince Johnson. The Tubman and Johnson parties are among those who signed Saturday's opposition statement pulling out of the vote.

    It called on all party agents to withdraw from their assignments at the electoral commission, saying they will not accept the results if the process continues.

    Mr. Tubman is complaining about a lack of security at some polling stations and is accusing Sirleaf supporters of stuffing ballot boxes.

    Election observers from the Carter Center and the Economic Community of West African States say the vote was largely free and fair.

    The electoral commission is not responding directly to opposition claims of fraud. It is calling on all parties to address complaints through proper legal channels.

    Results read by National Electoral Commission Chairman James Fromayan show President Sirleaf with more than 44 percent of the vote. Mr. Tubman has just over 31 percent.

    With results from about 80 percent of polling stations reported, President Sirleaf is running short of the absolute majority needed to win outright and avoid a second-round run-off.

    Mr. Tubman would be her opponent in that second round, but it is not clear what would happen if he refuses to take part in the run-off by rejecting results that show him placing second.

    Boycotting a second round would also remove the potential “kingmaking” influence of Mr. Johnson, who has spoken publicly of using his third-place endorsement to gain positions for his party in a new government.

    This is Liberia's second national election since the end of a 14-year civil war in 2003. It has been a largely peaceful process so far. An office of the ruling party in a Monrovia suburb was burned early Saturday morning. No one was injured. Police say they are investigating but have made no arrests.

    Some information for this report was provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.

    You May Like

    UN Observes International Day of Peacekeepers

    The U.N. honors 3,400 peacekeepers killed since first mission in 1948

    Video Rolling Thunder Tribute to US Military Turns into a Trump Rally

    Half-million motorcycles are expected to rumble Sunday afternoon from Pentagon to Vietnam War Memorial for rally in event group calls Ride for Freedom

    The Struggle With Painkillers: Treating Pain Without Feeding Addiction

    'Wonder drug' pain medications have turned out to be major problem: not only do they run high risk of addicting the user, but they can actually make patients' chronic pain worse, US CDC says

    This forum has been closed.
    Comments
         
    There are no comments in this forum. Be first and add one

    By the Numbers

    Featured Videos

    Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
    Chinese-Americans Heart Trump, Bucking National Trendi
    X
    May 27, 2016 5:57 AM
    A new study conducted by three Asian-American organizations shows there are three times as many Democrats as there are Republicans among Asian-American voters, and they favor Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump. But one group, called Chinese-Americans For Trump, is going against the tide and strongly supports the business tycoon. VOA’s Elizabeth Lee caught up with them at a Trump rally and reports from Anaheim, California.
    Video

    Video Chinese-Americans Heart Trump, Bucking National Trend

    A new study conducted by three Asian-American organizations shows there are three times as many Democrats as there are Republicans among Asian-American voters, and they favor Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump. But one group, called Chinese-Americans For Trump, is going against the tide and strongly supports the business tycoon. VOA’s Elizabeth Lee caught up with them at a Trump rally and reports from Anaheim, California.
    Video

    Video Reactions to Trump's Success Polarized Abroad

    What seemed impossible less than a year ago is now almost a certainty. New York real estate mogul Donald Trump has won the number of delegates needed to secure the Republican presidential nomination. The prospect has sparked as much controversy abroad as it has in the United States. Zlatica Hoke has more.
    Video

    Video Drawings by Children in Hiroshima Show Hope and Peace

    On Friday, President Barack Obama will visit Hiroshima, Japan, the first American president to do so while in office. In August 1945, the United States dropped an atomic bomb on the city to force Japan's surrender in World War II. Although their city lay in ruins, some Hiroshima schoolchildren drew pictures of hope and peace. The former students and their drawings are now part of a documentary called “Pictures from a Hiroshima Schoolyard.” VOA's Deborah Block has the story.
    Video

    Video Vietnamese Rapper Performs for Obama

    A prominent young Vietnamese artist told President Obama said she faced roadblocks as a woman rapper, and asked the president about government support for the arts. He asked her to rap, and he even offered to provide a base beat for her. Watch what happened.
    Video

    Video Roots Run Deep for Tunisia's Dwindling Jewish Community

    This week, hundreds of Jewish pilgrims are defying terrorist threats to celebrate an ancient religious festival on the Tunisian island of Djerba. The festivities cast a spotlight on North Africa's once-vibrant Jewish population that has all but died out in recent decades. Despite rising threats of militant Islam and the country's battered economy, one of the Arab world's last Jewish communities is staying put and nurturing a new generation. VOA’s Lisa Bryant reports.
    Video

    Video Meet Your New Co-Worker: The Robot

    Increasing numbers of robots are joining the workforce, as companies scale back and more processes become automated. The latest robots are flexible and collaborative, built to work alongside humans as opposed to replacing them. VOA’s Tina Trinh looks at the next generation of automated employees helping out their human colleagues.
    Video

    Video Wheelchair Technology in Tune With Times

    Technologies for the disabled, including wheelchair technology, are advancing just as quickly as everything else in the digital age. Two new advances in wheelchairs offer improved control and a more comfortable fit. VOA's George Putic reports.
    Video

    Video Baby Boxes Offer Safe Haven for Unwanted Children

    No one knows exactly how many babies are abandoned worldwide each year. The statistic is a difficult one to determine because it is illegal in most places. Therefore unwanted babies are often hidden and left to die. But as Erika Celeste reports from Woodburn, Indiana, a new program hopes to make surrendering infants safer for everyone.
    Video

    Video California Celebration Showcases Local Wines, Balloons

    Communities in the U.S. often hold festivals to show what makes them special. In California, for example, farmers near Fresno celebrate their figs and those around Gilmore showcase their garlic. Mike O'Sullivan reports that the wine-producing region of Temecula offers local vintages in an annual festival where rides on hot-air balloons add to the excitement.
    Video

    Video US Elementary School Offers Living Science Lessons

    Zero is not a good score on a test at school. But Discovery Elementary is proud of its “net zero” rating. Net zero describes a building in which the amount of energy provided by on-site renewable sources equals the amount of energy the building uses. As Faiza Elmasry tells us, the innovative features in the building turn the school into a teaching tool, where kids can't help but learn about science and sustainability. Faith Lapidus narrates.

    Special Report

    Adrift The Invisible African Diaspora