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Liberia’s Johnson-Sirleaf Leads Vote Counting, Center Says

October 12, 2011

(Updates vote counting in second, third paragraphs.)

Oct. 12 (Bloomberg) -- Liberian President and Nobel Peace Prize winner Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf led in early unofficial returns from yesterday’s election, according to a tally compiled by the Liberia Media Center today.

Johnson-Sirleaf, 72, received 152,662 of the more than 300,000 votes counted, the Monrovia-based reporters’ association said. About 1.8 million votes were cast.

Winston Tubman, a 70-year-old lawyer running under the banner of the main opposition Congress for Democratic Change (CDC), received 127,814 votes. Prince Yormie Johnson, a former warlord and current senator, was in third place with 39,090, according to the center’s data.

Liberia’s National Elections Commission will begin releasing provisional results tomorrow, according to Chairman James Fromoyan. A second round will be held if no candidate wins more than 50 percent.

--Editors: Terry Atlas, Steven Komarow

To contact the reporters on this story: Emily Bowers in Accra at ebowers1@bloomberg.net; Terrence Sesay in Johannesburg at tsesay@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Antony Sguazzin at asguazzin@bloomberg.net


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