Liberia polls close in presidential election

Liberia polls close in presidential election

The country's 2.18 million registered voters are choosing from a crowded field of 20 presidential candidates - although just one of them is a woman - and will also elect 73 seats in the lower chamber, the House of Representatives. "I thought she'd help my community directly", said Anna Joe, a clothes merchant whose sales collapsed in the past six months, shortly after her sisters' shacks, precariously perched on the edge of West Point, collapsed into the sea, leaving them homeless. "Education, health and justice issues for women - those are the three things I would personally say we haven't gotten down", she said. Early voting in Monrovia went rather smoothly, though there were delays in some areas.

"The atmosphere is cool".

The Christian Association of the Blind said the system is not as simple as it may sound and several people who have never used such a method may find it hard on the first try. On knowing that he had lost the presidential election, he took a people fresh from a liberation war against Portuguese troops, into killing each other. "Everything is in place".

LEON has 133 observers stationed around the country since June, observing all aspects of the electoral process.

As Liberians drop ballot papers into election boxes they must keep their eyes on the tragic arithmetic that over one million refugees fleeing war and carnage in Southern Sudan arrive into camps in Uganda. Stephanie Kpoto, the group's youth organizer explains its objective.

It was founded by freed US slaves in 1847 but its last democratic power transfer dates back to 1943.

MONROVIA, Liberia | After waiting in line all day on Tuesday to cast her vote at the St. Theresa Convent school for girls near this capital city's seafront, Mary Monji and others sat on plastic lawn chairs in a bar waiting for the election results to start streaming on television.

She stressed that it is a non-partisan and neutral process at all times and disclosed that several eminent women in Liberia and across Africa will form part of the process. LEON LTOs will monitor the tallying of results at all 19 tallying centers and continue to monitor the post-election environment.

Political pundits think that Senator Prince Y. Johnson's Movement for Democratic Reconstruction (MDR), Liberty Party (LP) of Cllr.

All county tallies are relayed to Monrovia, first electronically, then physically. "She's developed a good network of roads, and infrastructure". Final results to be announced on October 25.

"My ma has always told me that because we have a female president, I, too, can do well", she said. "We usually do not take the full time". But, he said: "She has not been able to fight corruption". "She has got nearly 17 years before she can cast her vote, so she comes to see".

"Sirleaf has performed poorly as the president of this country, but our deputy will fix all the problems she created", said Ms. Monji.

Sirleaf has led Liberia through a prolonged period of peace in the aftermath of a 14-year civil war that ended in 2003. And while there have been some steps forward, expected gains in women's rights have not materialized, despite Johnson Sirleaf sharing the Nobel Peace Prize in 2011 for championing women's rights.

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