Liberians expect provisional election results as vote counting goes on

Pauline Gross
October 13, 2017

In addition to the presidential race, Liberians are also set to elect 73 members of the House of Representatives out of 1,000 possible candidates on Tuesday.

A presidential candidate must win more than 50 percent of the vote to avoid a second round.

The two are among 20 candidates seeking to replace out-going leader Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, Africa's first democratically elected female president.

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

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

The first official results are expected within 48 hours after polls close. People everywhere tell him they want to see change.

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Even though the final results of Liberia's election are yet to be announced, the BBC point out that Wenger - who managed Weah while at Monaco in the early 1990s - offered his congratulations after seemingly being "duped" by social media reports claiming the results had been confirmed.

"It's not often that you have a former player who becomes a president of a country".

Vice President Joseph Boakai of the ruling Unity Party (UP) is one of the contenders along with former worldwide football star George Weah who is heading up the main opposition Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC).

According to a report by the BBC, during the press conference Wenger's eyes were glinting as he spoke, with what was clearly nearly uncontained excitement and a genuine congratulatory feel.

Liberia with an estimated population of 4.5 million has 2.18 million registered voters for the elections which were held in 2,080 polling centres nationwide.

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