Runoff Increasingly Likely as Votes Counted in Liberian Election Reach 75%

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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.

Liberia's electoral commission on Sunday, announced that former footballer, George Weah and incumbent Vice-President, Joseph Boakai, will face each other in a runoff vote for the presidency in November.

Weah, a former world, African and European footballer of the year, received 39.2% of almost 1.2 million ballots cast in almost three-quarters of polling places, leading Boakai who had 29.6% of the vote, the commission said.

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

"I am sure of winning the first round", he told journalists.

He finished runner-up to Johnson Sirleaf in a 2005 election that helped draw a line under years of civil war that killed hundreds of thousands of civilians.




Weah says he has "gained experience" since becoming a senator in 2014, and after losing to Sirleaf again, this time as a vice-presidential candidate on the ticket of Winston Tubman, in 2011.

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

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

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

Johnson Sirleaf's 12 years in office have seen the consolidation of Liberia's post-war peace and the quadrupling in size of the national economy. "I thank them for participating in this process", she told reporters.

Weah's strong first-round performance drew mixed reactions on the streets of Monrovia, the capital.

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