The latest polls by the Liberian media and development enterprise, the Liberia Holding Consortium shows Vice President Joseph Boakai maintaining his lead in public perception of the October 2017 elections, winning in four of the top six vote-rich counties.
Results released in Monrovia show Boakai at 33.81%, CDC’s George Weah at 21.1% and Liberty Party’s Charles Brumskine at 12.45%.
In the three polls conducted by LHC over the last three months, Boakai has maintained a lead in the same order, though the percentages have shifted from time to time. Though leading, Boakai dropped in percentage points from 36.36%, while Weah rose from 18.38 to 21.1%
According to the LHC, the poll was conducted from 22 July to August 5, and utilized 763 respondents across 42 centers in all 15 counties.
In addition to leading the final tally, VP Boakai was the lead candidate in nine counties (Bomi, Bong, Nimba, Sinoe, Gbarpolu, Grand Kru, Maryland) including his native Lofa and Margibi, which is the home county of his running mate, House Speaker Emmanuel Nuquay.
In second position, Montserrado Senator George Weah also leads perceptions in Montserrado, River Gee and Grand Cape Mount Counties, while tied with Vice President Boakai in Grand Gedeh.
Liberty Party’s Charles Brumskine is ahead of candidates in Grand Bassa and Rivercess Counties.
Among other things, 435 respondents cited Corruption as the single most factor that hampers the effectiveness of the government.
Respondents also proposed that any new government must prioritize education; the provision of roads and Jobs; Agriculture productivity; Health care and economic development in driving Liberia forward.
Meanwhile, the report has revealed a constant trend of undecided voters across Liberia. This was reflected by 13.63% of respondents.
The Liberia Holding Consortium is a media and development enterprise led by Abdullai Kamara, past President of the Press Union of Liberia.
Out of the country’s estimated 4.5 million population, NEC said a total of 2.1 million Liberians registered to vote.
Montserrado and Nimba, on account of NEC’s record are the top vote-rich counties, recording 777,503 and 279,572 votes respectively.
Bong County is third with 208,150 votes, while Lofa stands in number four position recording 167,555 voters. Margibi county is fifth with 154,328 votes. Grand Bassa county with 145,798 votes is in number six position.