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George Weah takes early lead in Liberia's elections

George Weah takes early lead in Liberia's elections George Weah takes early lead in Liberia's elections
Noah Ferguson | 14 October, 2017, 13:30

Former global soccer star George Weah has taken an early lead in Liberia's election as the West African nation begins releasing provisional results of the vote to succeed Africa's first female president.

The NEC in a statement said it is important to point out that results published by the Commission are only provincial results and that all other organizations should refrain from announcing anything other than the official results released. He held a slight lead over Vice President Joseph Boakai, who received 31.1 percent, according to election commission data.

"In 75 percent of observed polling places with missing names, these voters were permitted to vote; however, voters in 25 percent of these polling places were denied the ability to vote", he says.

Liberia seeks a successor to Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, who led the country as it recovered from civil war and the Ebola outbreak that killed almost 5,000 Liberians. The former star striker for Paris Saint-Germain and Milan came second to outgoing President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf in 2005.

He has served in the senate since 2014 for the Congress for Democratic Change opposition party. Weah has taken an early lead in Liberia's presidential election as the West African nation begins releasing provisional results. Weah's running mate is Jewel Howard-Taylor, Taylor's ex-wife.

One of Liberia's largest political parties has called for a halt to vote-counting, alleging voting irregularities and fraud.

He added that the Liberty Party (LP) of Charles Brumskine won 10, 316 votes or 48.6 percent of the votes in Grand Bassa County, while in Grand Cape Mount County, the UP got 2,158 votes, representing 37.5 percent and CDC 2,663 votes, accounting for 46.4 percent.

Observers from the European Union and the US -based Carter Center and National Democratic Institute (NDI) said they had not identified any major issues with the voting or subsequent counting.

Sirleaf, Africa's first female elected head of state, is stepping down after a maximum two six-year terms in which she steered the country away from the trauma of civil war, but, say critics, failed to tackle its poverty.

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