George Weah awaits Liberia presidential election result


Other top presidential candidates include longtime opposition figure Charles Brumskine who heads the Liberty Party (LP) as well as former Coca-Cola executive Alexander Cummings.

Provisional election results are expected this Thursday, the election commission said.

Former professional footballer turned politician, George Tawlon Manneh Oppong Ousman Weah, has reportedly won the Liberia Presidential election, even as the electoral commission has continued to stall the announcement. As many as 986 contestants vied for 73 seats in the House of Representatives.

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There were 20 candidates in the election and one person needs to receive more than 50% of the votes in order to be declared the victor. 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. The victory is believed to have boosted his political image across the West African country ahead of the 2017 presidential poll which held on Tuesday, October 10. More than 2.1 million voters had registered to vote throughout Liberia, established by the United States in the 19th century for freed black slaves. Final results should be known within two weeks.

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 election turnout was impressive, especially among younger generations, said Christopher Fomunyoh of the USA -funded National Democratic Institute, which was monitoring the elections. "All of these people are saying they want change and improvement, and that explains why nearly all of the candidates are presenting themselves as candidates for change".