The famous footballer is elected President of Liberia
13 Октября 2017, 12:52 | Terri Saunders
Liberia heads to the polls in high-stakes presidential race
Arsene Wenger has been fooled by false reports that former football star George Weah has won Liberia's presidential election when in fact the final result have not yet been announced.
"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.
The episode prompted officials from Mr. Weah's party and the party of Alexander Cummings, a former Coca-Cola executive, to lodge complaints with the elections commission.
However, most analysts expect it to go to a second round, as a candidate needs more than 50% of the votes for outright victory.
984 candidates are contesting for the 73 seats at stake in the national assembly.
"The future of the country is in your hands, no one is entitled to your vote, not because of party, ethnicity, religion or tribal affiliation", Sirleaf, a co-winner of the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize, said in a speech on Monday. 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.
Global observers say the polls went smoothly despite late start to voting in some counties. A runoff election, if needed, would come two weeks after that announcement.
The election turnout was impressive, especially among younger generations, said Christopher Fomunyoh of the USA -funded National Democratic Institute, which was monitoring the elections. People everywhere tell him they want to see change.
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