Liberia counts votes, president expected to secure new term

Liberian elections staff count ballots by lamp light

Nobel Peace Prize winner Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf is expected to secure another term, as votes are being counted in the Presidential run-off.

Her challenger, opposition leader Winston Tubman, has called for a boycott, alleging vote fraud during the first round.

The turnout of voters in Tuesday's election is said to be low. Observer groups say it could be as little as 30 per cent. Some Liberians stayed away from polling stations fearing violence, while others obeyed calls for the boycott.

Yasmina Bouziane, a spokesperson for the UN Mission in Liberia says the UN is concerned the elections do not disturb the nation's peace building process.

"The UN is most concerned with the aspect of maintaining peace. That this democratic process does not throw off the peace process which has been ongoing since 2003 and the arrival of the Mission following the civil war and the trauma that Liberians have gone through. That is the most essential aspect…that Liberia be able to do the appropriate thing to be on the right course for peace, democracy and sustainable development."

The National Election Commission expects to begin announcing results from Thursday.

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