The Executive Mansion: Too Close, Yet Far
-Will Politicians Move with Weah or Ellen?
By: Lewis K. Glay
Since the elections were held, the NEC has consistently held press briefings at its media center to release preliminary results pouring in from polling centers across the country thereby acquainting the public through the media.
Congress for Democratic Change George Weah has kept top position in percentage
since the second preliminary results were released on 12 October while Unity
Party Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has taken second position, followed by Liberty
Party Charles Brumskine who seems determined to overtake Mrs. Sirleaf for
the second place while COTOL Varney Sherman and NDPL Winston Tubman are
The rise and fall position amongst presidential candidates and even legislative contenders based on tallies of incoming obtainable votes from the 15 political sub divisions has left the NEC and elections experts with the analysis that second round of the poll is glaring.
Results tallied and released by the NEC are being collected from 3,070 polling places across the country and as the process progresses, some counties are said to be completed thus giving legislative candidates who are in the lead the green light of victory.
Meanwhile, the commissioner has disclosed that each county office of NEC will print the “Declaration of Preliminary Tally Results (TO6)” form once all result forms have been entered into the county tally database.
Accordingly, the election magistrate’s office in the county will sign the document and post a copy there for public view while its original will be sent to the National Tally Center in Monrovia. Confirmation of the results will be made by the county electoral advisor.
The NEC also said because reports will ultimately cover our 3,000 polling places, it will make arrangements for political party and independent candidates’ representatives, the media, observers and the public in general to go to the National Tally Center by appointment to look through those documents to ensure transparency.