2017 Liberian general election

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2017 Liberian presidential election

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  President George Weah in 2019 (cropped).jpg Joseph Boakai (cropped).png
Nominee George Weah Joseph Boakai
Party CDC UP
Alliance CDC
Running mate Jewel Taylor Emmanuel Nuquay
Popular vote 732,185 457,579
Percentage 61.5% 38.5%

2017 Liberian presidential election map by county (2nd round).svg
Counties won in the second round

President before election

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

Elected President

George Weah

General elections were held in Liberia on 10 October 2017 to elect the President and House of Representatives. No candidate won a majority in the first round of the presidential vote, so the top two finishers — CDC standard-bearer Amb. George Weah and UP standard-bearer Vice President Joseph Boakai — competed in a run-off on 26 December. The second round was originally scheduled for 7 November,[1] but was postponed after LP standard-bearer Cllr. Charles Brumskine, in third place, challenged the result in the Supreme Court.[2] The Supreme Court dismissed the challenge, which would have forced a re-run of the first round had it been successful,[3] and the second round was held on 26 December. Weah emerged victorious with 60% of the vote.[4]

The elections were overseen by the National Elections Commission (NEC) and were the first elections to be run entirely by the Government of Liberia and security forces since the conclusion of the civil wars in 2003.[5]

Electoral system[edit]

The President is elected using the two-round system,[6] whilst the 73 members of the House of Representatives are elected by first-past-the-post voting in single-member constituencies.[7]


Incumbent President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, in office since 2006, was constitutionally barred from running for a third term; the election was therefore to choose her successor.[8]

Opinion polls[edit]

Pollster Date Sample size Boakai
All Liberian
Liberia Holding Consortium May 2017 275 29.45% 21.18% N/A 11.26% 16% 0.72% 9.45% N/A
Liberia Holding Consortium June 2017 484 36.36% 18.38% 3.92% 4.75% 13.22% 0.82% 7.02% 13.01%
Liberia Holding Consortium August 2017 763 33.81% 21.1% 2.88% 2.49% 12.45% N/A 5.63% 13.63%
International Political Polls August 2017 1,224 21.74% 24.73% 8.72% 6.38% 23.49% N/A 9.55% N/A


The European Union Electoral Observer Mission (EU EOM)'s preliminary statement, issued on 12 October 2017, acknowledged generally peaceful polling. However, "The EU EOM has directly observed several instances of public officials engaged in campaigning that further hampered equality among contestants. The mission has received claims about the uneven use of state resources and access to public spaces working to the advantage of the incumbent. The mission's direct observation indicates a high level of monetisation of the campaign, where a culture of in-kind and financial hand-outs to communities prevails."[15]


Counties won in the first round


CandidateRunning matePartyFirst roundSecond round
George WeahJewel TaylorCoalition for Democratic Change596,03738.37732,18561.54
Joseph BoakaiEmmanuel James NuquayUnity Party446,71628.76457,57938.46
Charles BrumskineHarrison S. Karnwea Sr.Liberty Party149,4959.62
Prince JohnsonAudrian R. Smith-ForbesMovement for Democracy and Reconstruction127,6668.22
Alexander B. Cummings Jr.Jeremiah SuluntehAlternative National Congress112,0677.21
Benoni UreyAlexander Nyonkon DuopuAll Liberian Party24,2461.56
Joseph Mills JonesSamuel B. Reeves Jr.Movement for Economic Empowerment12,8540.83
MacDella CooperWilliam R. SlocumLiberia Restoration Party11,6450.75
Henry Boima Fahnbulleh Jr.Marcus S.G. DahnLiberian People's Party11,5600.74
Oscar CooperWonderr Koryenen FreemanIndependent10,3810.67
MacDonald A. WentoJohn N. BleahUnited People's Party8,9680.58
Simeon C. M. FreemanWilliam T. KnowldenMovement for Progressive Change6,6820.43
Isaac Gbombadee WilesRichmond D. K. YarkpahDemocratic Justice Party6,3790.41
Aloysius William KpadehJohn S. PartorIndependent5,9220.38
Kennedy Gbleyah SandyVictoria Morris TwehLiberia Transformation Party5,3430.34
George Sluwer Dweh Sr.Annie Y. TuazamaRedemption Democratic Congress4,9350.32
William Wiah TuiderDave L. DixonNew Liberia Party4,9200.32
Jeremiah Z. WhapoeIsaac D. G. FlowersVision for Liberia Transformation3,9460.25
Yarkpajuwur N. MatorRuth L. KollieIndependent1,9400.12
Wendell J. E. McIntoshManjerngie Cecelia NdebeChange Democratic Action1,6460.11
Valid votes1,553,34894.611,189,76497.67
Invalid/blank votes88,5745.3928,3602.33
Total votes1,641,922100.001,218,124100.00
Registered voters/turnout2,183,62975.192,183,62955.78
Source: NEC NEC

House of Representatives[edit]

Constituencies won
Coalition for Democratic Change (CDCNPPLPDP)239,75415.5721+7
Unity Party220,50814.3220−4
Liberty Party131,9808.573−4
Alternative National Congress93,4756.070New
People's Unification Party90,4215.875New
All Liberian Party77,0135.003New
Movement for Economic Empowerment59,2683.851New
Movement for Democracy and Reconstruction56,7343.692New
Coalition for Liberia's Progress50,7323.300New
Liberia Transformation Party49,6213.2210
United People's Party47,3573.081New
Victory for Change Party28,3851.841+1
Liberian People's Party24,2871.581New
Vision for Liberia Transformation21,3241.390New
Grassroot Democratic Party20,5881.3400
Liberia National Union20,2271.311+1
Movement for Progressive Change19,9801.300−2
True Whig Party14,7230.960New
Liberia Restoration Party11,6900.760New
Democratic Justice Party7,4150.480New
Change Democratic Action7,1660.470New
Redemption Democratic Congress5,7310.370New
Liberians for Prosperity6280.040New
New Liberia Party4940.030New
Valid votes1,539,50294.86
Invalid/blank votes83,4275.14
Total votes1,622,929100.00
Source: NEC