Weah Takes Early Lead in Liberia Presidential Election Count

Weah Takes Early Lead in Liberia Presidential Election Count

Correspondents say that irregularities would taint the country's first democratic transfer of power in more than 70 years.

Polls opened at 8:00 a.m. (0800 UTC) and will close at 6:00 p.m. (1800 UTC). She called on all Liberians to put country first as they vote across the country.

Their results will be declared later, Korkoya said on Thursday.

The former AC Milan, Paris Saint-Germain and Olympique de Marseille striker needs to achieve at least 50 percent of the votes to be declared the victor.

Sirleaf will step aside after two six-year terms in office. Voters commended her leadership, but also said they are ready for change when they lined up for Tuesday's historic vote.

The Arsenal's manager was Weah's manager in the 90s when the Liberian was playing in the Ligue 1 with AS Monaco.

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Although there are several names on the presidential ballot, analysts have said four candidates have a strong chance of winning.

Former professional footballer turned politician, George Tawlon Manneh Oppong Ousman Weah, has reportedly won the Liberia Presidential election, even as the electoral commission has continued to stall the announcement.

"This mission believes thus far, that with the environment in the lead up to the elections, voting day activities, sorting and counting of the ballots, Liberia is on track to achieve a credible poll", Mahama, who is Ghana's immediate-past President said as he read the mission's preliminary declaration on Tuesday's presidential and legislative elections.

Consecutive civil wars from 1989-2003 and the Ebola crisis from 2014-2016 have left Liberia one the world's poorest nations.

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