George Weah Continues To Lead Polls In Liberia's Election

Pauline Gross
October 16, 2017

Former football star George Weah was set to win the first round of a presidential election in Liberia after the elections commission said on Sunday he was leading with 39 percent of votes and less than 5 percent of precincts still to be counted.

The chairman warned political parties to refrain from declaring any result other than what the commission was releasing.

Shittu, who spoke from Liberia, said the driving force of Weah's presidential ambition is the urge to serve.

MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) - Liberia's National Election Commission says former worldwide soccer star George Weah is still leading the presidential election with almost three-quarters of the ballots counted.

Both candidates are well short of the 50 percent barrier required to win the presidency outright from the first round of voting held on Tuesday.

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Alternative National Congress (ANC) candidate, Alexander Cummings received34,550 votes (6.7%). Prince Yormie Johnson of the Movement for Democracy and Reconstruction (MDR) are trailing in third, fourth and fifth place, respectively, and will not be qualified to participate in the run-off as a candidate.

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

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

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. However, many Liberians complain about poor public services and widespread corruption and say they are eager for a new president. However, in Monrovia, where 40% of the 2.1 million voters live, Weah has reportedly won more than 50% of votes, against 26.6% for his challenger Boakai.

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