'Former World Best Footballer, George Weah Wins Liberia Presidential Election'

Cheryl Sanders
October 12, 2017

More than 2.1 million voters had registered to vote at almost 5 400 polling stations throughout Liberia, which was established by the United States in the 19th Century for freed black slaves.

While many social media users begun to celebrate Weah's presumed victory by Wednesday night, election observers in Liberia advised caution, urging the public to await the full results as may be released by Liberia's National Elections Commission (NEC). The turnout was impressive, especially among the younger generations, said Christopher Fomunyoh, of the USA funded National Democratic Institute for International Affairs, which is monitoring the elections. In 2005 George Wea again ran for president, but then remained second in the vote, after Surley.

Voters commended her leadership but said they were ready for change.

He added: "We are calling on NEC to immediately halt further announcements of election results".

The Alternative National Congress and Coalition for Democratic Change, also expressing similar concerns, called on the Liberian electoral body to address issues concerning missing and incomplete presidential ballot books in Montserrado County.

Following the backlash observer missions received after declaring Kenya's recent elections were fair, the two African observer missions fell short of giving a final verdict on the conduct of the polls.

Worldwide observers say the polls went smoothly despite late start to voting in some counties.

Liberian President Ellen Johnson with former U.S. President George W. Bush.

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