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Liberian presidential election, 2017

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Nominee George Weah Joseph Boakai
Party CDC Unity Party (Liberia)
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
Unity Party (Liberia)

Elected President

George Weah
Coalition for Democratic Change

General elections were held in Liberia on 10 October 2017, electing the President and House of Representatives. No candidate won a majority in the first round of the presidential vote, so a run-off was held.

The elections are overseen by the National Elections Commission (NEC).

The run-off was held on 26 December. George Weah won the election with 62% of the vote.

Candidates

Incumbent President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, in office since 2006, is constitutionally barred from running for a third term; the election will thus choose her successor.

Scond Round

Lost in first round

  • Charles Brumskine, Leader of the Liberty Party and former President Pro Temp of the Senate
  • MacDella Cooper, philanthropist
  • Alexander B. Cummings, former Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer of Coca-Cola
  • Prince Johnson, former rebel leader
  • Joseph Mills Jones, leader of the Movement for Economic Empowerment and former Governor of the Central Bank of Liberia
  • Richard Miller, businessman
  • Benoni Urey, businessman
  • MacDonald A. Wento, United People's Party
  • Jeremiah Whapoe, businessman

Opinion polls

Pollster Date Sample size Boakai
Unity
Weah
CDC
Johnson
FDUP
Urey
All Liberian
Brumskine
Liberty
Cooper
ULD
Cummings
ANC
Undecided
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

Results

  • Second round:
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