Weah takes lead as less than half of Liberia's election results emerge

13 October, 2017, 00:54 | Author: Dustin Murphy
  • President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf casts her vote in Bomi County

A run-off vote will be scheduled in November if none of the 20 candidates garners a 50 percent majority.

The former Fifa World Footballer of the Year failed in his two previous attempts but is one of the front-runners to replace President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.

The African Ballon d'Or victor in 1995 succeeds President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.

The episode prompted officials from Mr. Weah's party and the party of Alexander Cummings, a former Coca-Cola executive, to lodge complaints with the elections commission.

Former A.C. Milan soccer star George Weah and Vice President Joseph Boakai lead in Liberia's presidential election as the electoral commission released its first provisional results for Tuesday's vote.

"It's not often that you have a former player who becomes a president of a country".

984 candidates are contesting for the 73 seats at stake in the national assembly. It apologized for delays of vote counting in some areas.

Worldwide observers said Tuesday's vote went smoothly despite late starts in some counties. The NEC hasn't yet declared how numerous 2.2 million registered voters took part in the polls.

Vice-President Joseph Boakai and footballer George Weah are seen as the frontrunners to succeed the Nobel Peace Prize victor Ellen Johnson Sirleaf who led the country's recovery from Ebola and civil war.

The United States called the election "an important step toward achieving Liberia's first peaceful transfer of power from one democratically elected head of state to another in decades". A runoff election is likely.

"Almost all Liberians that turned out to vote were able to cast their ballots", said Christopher Fomunyoh, senior associate for Africa at the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs.


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