By Caroline Vuillemin - Chief Operations Officer - Fondation Hirondelle
Polling staff in Monrovia - copyright IFES
On 11 October, 2011, Liberia held its second election since the conclusion of the bloody civil war that lasted from 1999 to 2003. The first round of the presidential election featured 16 candidates, including incumbent President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. “Rain did not deter voters who lined up very early in the morning and kept coming throughout the day to cast their ballots, leading to a high turnout for this important election. », according to IFES. The voting process appeared to be peaceful, orderly and well-organized.
To secure a victory and avoid a second round, the candidate would have to win 50 percent plus 1 of the vote. The National Electoral Commission (NEC) announced that there will be a runoff election, which would be held on 8 November.
STAR Radio is still off air. Couple of individual donors have supported the radio but not enough to relaunch it before the elections. Its future remains uncertain and precarious.
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