Liberians expect provisional election results as vote counting goes on

Liberians expect provisional election results as vote counting goes on

Liberians expect provisional election results as vote counting goes on

The 1995 FIFA World Player of the Year and Ballon d'Or victor, succeeds President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, in a contest that completes the country's first democratic transition of power in more than 70 years.

Sirleaf has been the President of Liberia since 2006 following 14 years of a deadly civil war during the reign of the now incarcerated former President Charles Taylor, who was ousted by rebels in 2003.

According to NEC, preliminary results, which are expected for today, Thursday, have been delayed by several glitches at some polling stations.

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.


Former World Footballer of the Year, Mr George Opong Weah may have shot into an early lead in the Liberia presidential polls, but his opponent in the Liberty Party has demanded that the election results be suspended due to "irregularities". Aside from presidential elections, 73 members of the House of Representatives will also be chosen. The NEC hasn't yet declared how numerous 2.2 million registered voters took part in the polls. It apologized for delays of vote counting in some areas. 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.

Global observers in the West African nation said the vote went smoothly despite late starts in some counties.

A presidential candidate must win more than 50 percent of the vote to avoid a second round.

"This is an important step toward achieving Liberia's first peaceful transfer of power from one democratically-elected head of state to another in decades". People everywhere tell him they want to see change.

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