As early as 1 p.m. in Monrovia, the precincts were already packed with voters waiting for the opening of the poll at 8 a.m. to cast their votes.

The third general election after the end of the war in Liberia takes place today, with over half a million people (registered voters) expected to exercise their constitutional rights.

These eligible voters will decide the next president, 15 senators, and 73 representatives who will steer the affairs of the nation for the next six and nine years, respectively.

Many of them, especially first-time voters, are excited about this day.

“It’s my first time, and this is something that I always wanted to do, but my age prevented me from doing so. I’ve been here since 5 a.m.

This morning I was with my mother,” Mariam Sumu, at the Brighter Day Preparatory School System in District Four, Montserrado County.

In some of the precincts visited, some started as early as 2 minutes to 8 a.m. Others arrive 30 minutes after 9 a.m., far above the starting time, creating tension at the precincts.

“We’ve been here since 2 a.m., but till now it’s 9:00 a.m., and the process has not started. Some of us have other things to do; we left our children to come and vote quickly to go back to them,” Ma Sonnie Kormah believes to be in her late 60s.


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