The Liberian constitution requires that for the election winner to win outright, he or she must receive at least 50% of the vote, and since that did not happen, a run-off election was slated for November 7th. A number of international election observers, including representatives from the National Democratic Institute and the Carter Center, said the October 10th election was largely free and fair, despite a few irregularities at some of the polling places. They said the current situation is thwarting the completion of the election process before the end of the constitutional mandate in January 2018. "Where issues were identified in the first round of voting, we urge the National Election Commission (NEC) to undertake corrective actions before, during, and after the runoff election. The country must move forward not backward, for the betterment of the Liberian people and their brothers and sisters in the region.
Source: GNN Liberia November 20, 2017 18:22 UTC