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Date:08 Oct 2017
#LiberiaElections 2017 – Facts and figures

On 10 October Liberians will go to the polls to elect a new President and House of Representatives. Whoever wins this presidential election will replace Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, who is Liberia and Africa’s first female president.
There are a total of 20 candidates running, and understandably the number of choices is overwhelming for voters. An estimated 64% of Liberians live below the poverty line. Despite this, the massive turnout for the launch of the ruling Unity Party (UP) campaign and that of the  leading opposition party Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) in Monrovia is sparking discussion about whether a first round victory is likely for both Vice President Joseph Boakai and Senator George Weah, who many consider  frontrunners in this race.

These elections are critical, given Liberia’s economic state, particularly in the aftermath of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa that began in 2013 and killed 11,300 people, mostly in Liberia.

This will be the third election since the end of the civil war in 2003. In the 2005 election, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf defeated football star George Weah, and then in 2011 secured a second term after beating renowned international lawyer, Winston Tubman.

Liberia is a unitary state. Elections are held every 6 years.

Get familiar with some facts and figures about Liberia elections:
-    Elections will be held on 10 October 2017 to elect a President and House of Representatives
-    The President is elected using a two-round system (runoff voting).
-     There are a total 162 females contesting this elections
-    There are 20 candidates vying for the presidency
-    There are six (6) vice presidential candidates
-    A candidate needs to get an absolute majority of the votes, meaning at least 50% of all valid votes cast plus one vote.
-    If none of the candidates achieves 50% + 1 votes in the 1st round, a second round will be held with the two candidates with the highest votes. In the second round, the candidate with the majority of votes is elected.
-    The House of Representatives is elected using the first-past-the-post system.
-    Total population is 4.6 million (as of 2016).
-    2,183,682 Liberians are registered to vote in the 2017 Election
-    48% of registered voters are women
-    There are 5,390 polling centres, and 2080 voting precincts
-    Voter turnout in the 2011 Presidential elections was 71.6% for the first round but   only 38.6% in the second round
-    The campaign period began on 31 July, and will end on 8 October
-    The National Elections Commission (NEC) is responsible for conducting and supervising the elections
-    Every Liberian who is at least 18 years old at the end of the registration period and who holds a valid registration card may vote.
-    To run for the Office of the President one must have property worth at least $25,000 in the country and 10yrs residency


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