Soccer star still leading in Liberia presidential election

Update: George Weah Continues To Lead Polls In Liberia's Election

Former footballer George Weah and Vice President Joseph Boakai are well ahead in Liberia's presidential poll, according to partial results. Since only 5 percent are left to count, officials say a second round vote looks likely.

The polling official was now in custody, Korkoya said, but the total of final results of the election will not be known until polling in the area is completed on Tuesday.

The latest results represent about 95% of all ballots cast.

Brumskine has said the vote was marred by fraud and that he would request a re-run.

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

The country's 2.1 million registered voters were choosing the successor to Nobel Peace laureate Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Africa's first female elected head of state, who is stepping down after serving two six-year terms, as mandated by Liberia's constitution.


"This commission has not declared any victor", he stressed.

The Carter Center, which observed elections, commended Liberians "for the calm and peaceful atmosphere" of the vote.

However, parties supporting three of the 20 candidates have alleged irregularities and said they would contest the result, Reuters reported.

Also in the statement, the United Nations chief congratulated the people of Liberia who turned out enthusiastically in high numbers to vote, and commended the Liberian women's groups for their active and important role in the electoral process.

Liberia, which was founded by freed U.S. slaves in the 19th Century, has not had a smooth transfer of power in 73 years.

Ms Sirleaf took office in 2006, after her predecessor, Charles Taylor, was forced out of office by rebels in 2003, ending a long civil war.

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