Nov. 14, 2023 Held


Republic of Liberia

Election for Liberian President


Voter Participation

Cast Votes:1,634,183
Valid Votes:1,608,395
Invalid Votes:25,788

Vote Share by Candidate:

Joseph BOAKAI814,481


George Manneh WEAH793,914

Election Results Modified: Nov 22, 2023

General Information

At Stake in this Election: 

  • The Presidency of Liberia 

Government Structure: 

  • Chief of State: President George Manneh WEAH (since 22 January 2018) 

  • Head of Government: President George Manneh WEAH (since 22 January 2018) 

  • Assembly: bicameral National Assembly with a 30-seat Senate and a 73-seat House of Representatives 

Electoral System:  

  • The President is directly elected by absolute majority vote in up to two rounds. The President may serve up to two 6-year terms. 

  • In the Senate, all 30 members are directly elected from 2-seat constituencies by simple majority vote. Senate elections are staggered such that, for each constituency, one seat is contested, then then next is contested three years later, then there is a 6-year break, then the cycle repeats. All members serve 9-year terms. 

  • In the House of Representatives, all members are directly elected by plurality vote in single-seat constituencies. Members serve 6-year terms. 

Last Election: 

In the first round, incumbent George Weah (CDC) narrowly lead the field with 43.83% of the vote, followed by Joseph Boakai (UP) with 43.44%. Voter turnout was 79%.

Key Deadlines:

  • Candidate filing deadline: 14 July 2023 

  • Voter registration deadline: split into two phases depending on county of residence 

  • 9 April 2023 for Montserrado, Grand Bassa, Grand Cape Mount, Margibi, Bomi, and Gbarpolu counties 

  • 11 May 2023 for all other counties 

Main Candidates in this Election: 

  • George Manneh WEAH 

  • Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) 

  • Joseph BOAKAI 

    • Unity Party (UP)

Population and Registered Voters: 

Gender Data: 

  • Female Population: 2,753,140 (2023 est.) 

  • CEDAW Status: Ratified (by accession) 17 July 1984 

  • Gender Quota:  Yes, for House elections, party lists must be composed of at least 30% of candidates of each gender. 

  • Female Candidates in this election: No 

  • Number of Female Legislators (pre-election): 8 out of 73 (11%) in the House of Representatives, 2 out of 30 (6.7%) in the Senate 

Disability Data: 

  • CRPD Status: Signed 30 March 2007, Ratified 26 July 2012 

IFES Resources: 

  • Does IFES have a presence in Liberia: No 

  • Election Access: Yes 

  • Election Judgements: Yes, 5 judgments and 12 resources

Election Modified: Nov 14, 2023

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