Sirleaf’s re-election was seen as a foregone conclusion after rival Winston Tubman pulled out of the race and urged his supporters to boycott the polls, over fears the process would be rigged.
“We’re obviously concerned and expressed those concerns about pre-election violence, and we continue to monitor very closely the situation on the ground,” State Department spokesperson Mark Toner told reporters, saying the United States was “disappointed” by the boycott.
The National Elections Commission announced earlier that with results tallied from 86.6 percent of polling stations, Sirleaf won 90.8 percent of votes cast and Tubman won nine percent.
Only 37.4 percent of the country’s 1.8 million registered voters cast their ballots, with many believed to have stayed away due the boycott call and violence on the eve of the poll, when police fired on a group of opposition protesters.
“We would urge all Liberians of all political stripes to peacefully accept the election results,” Toner said.
Sirleaf has extended a hand to opposition parties, saying she hoped to put together an inclusive government as she had when she was elected in 2005, just two years after the end of a brutal 14-year conflict that left 250 000 people dead. – Sapa-AFP