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Liberia’s Tubman ‘Not Consulted’ on Party’s Conditions

October 28, 2011

(Corrects attribution of interview in first paragraph of story published Oct. 27.)

Oct. 27 (Bloomberg) -- Winston Tubman, the Liberian politician who will run against incumbent Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf in a Nov. 8 election, said he wasn’t consulted on his party’s plan to set conditions on whether it will take part in the vote, the Daily Observer newspaper reported.

“I got no input,” he was quoted as saying in an article published by the Monrovia-based newspaper. “I was not consulted neither did it meet my approval as the party standard bearer.”

The Congress for Democratic Change party, which Tubman represents, won’t take part in the second round unless the ballots from the Oct. 11 first round are recounted and members of the National Elections Commission replaced, Acarious Gray, its secretary-general, told reporters yesterday. Tubman did not attend the press conference.

Tubman earned about 33 percent of votes in the first round, coming second to Nobel Peace Prize winner Johnson-Sirleaf, who won 44 percent.

Liberia’s election was credible, with some “minor procedural irregularities” not significant enough to affect the outcome of the vote, observers from the Atlanta-based Carter Center said Oct. 25.

--Editor: Emily Bowers.

To contact the reporter on this story: Terrence Sesay in Monrovia via Accra at

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Antony Sguazzin at

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