Liberians vote in first election run without UN
11/10/2017 10:49, Monrovia/Liberia

(TAP) - Liberians have voted in large numbers in the first election run entirely by the country’s institutions and security forces since the civil war.

Police officers and election officials who had been preparing for months took their places at polling stations, listening sympathetically to complaints about impatient voters pushing in the queue and missing names on the rolls.

Though there were reports of ballots not arriving at stations until mid-afternoon, and of a politician being arrested after handing out money, such incidents appeared to be fairly isolated.

“Everything is generally calm and going to plan. I can’t give you any numbers but I think voter turnout will be very high,” said the head of the national electoral commission, Jerome Korkoya.

The two elections in which Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Africa’s first elected female leader, was voted president were managed in large part by the UN.

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