LIBERIA POLLS: Ex-footballer George Weah in early lead

13 October, 2017, 00:53 | Author: Genevieve Gibbs
  • President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf casts her vote in Bomi County

In a new development, one of Liberia's leading political parties has called for a halt in announcing results of Tuesday's presidential election.

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"It is not often that you have a former player who becomes a president of a country and so well done Georgie and I would say just for him to keep his enthusiasm and his desire to learn and to win".

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According to NEC, preliminary results, which are expected for today, Thursday, have been delayed by several glitches at some polling stations. A run-off vote will be scheduled in November if none of the 20 candidates garners a 50 percent majority.

They include former footballer Senator George Weah, Vice President Joseph Boakai, former rebel leader Prince Johnson and the only woman in the race, former model Macdella Cooper.

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About 2.2 million Liberians, slightly less than half of the country's population, registered to vote. As many as 986 contestants vied for 73 seats in the House of Representatives. In one case, hundreds of people with registration cards spent the day demanding to vote in Bong County after poll workers there said their names were not on voter rolls. Final results should be known within two weeks.

As Liberians head to the polls to elect their new president, the rest of Africa is sending farewell messages to the first democratically elected African female President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, whose second term comes to an end in a week's time. Worldwide observers say Tuesday's vote went smoothly despite late starts in some counties. A runoff election is likely. She led the country's recovery from a 14-year civil war and guided this West African country through the Ebola crisis that killed almost 5 000 people.

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