Published: Fri, October 13, 2017
World News | By Carolyn Briggs

Opposition is calling for a halt in announcing Liberia's presidential election results

Opposition is calling for a halt in announcing Liberia's presidential election results

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

Voters in the western African country of Liberia are casting their ballots on Tuesday to elect a new head of state as current President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf prepares to step down after 12 years in power.

The only issue is that George Weah has not been elected president of Liberia.

By Thursday, results of the polls were being expected from across Liberia's 15 administrative counties, where some 2.18 million registered voters cast their ballots in a generally peaceful environment.

After performing her constitutional duty, President Sirleaf briefly addressed journalists who had gone to cover the polls.

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"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", Fomunyoh said. "It reminds Liberians of a lot of good things".

Wenger coached the 51-year-old footballer-turned politician between 1988 and 1992 with the Frenchman being the one who discovered Weah.

Ex-soccer star George Weah and Vice President Joseph Boakai are leading, according to unofficial results reported by the state-run Liberia Broadcasting System."There is a likelihood that there will be a run-off election", the network reported based on figures seen by its correspondents across the country.

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.

There were 986 aspirants for the 73 seats in the House of representatives.

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