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Liberia election results trickling in

Liberians have voted to replace Africa's first female president who's served two six-year terms in office.

A member of Liberia's National Electoral Commission (NEC) points to results at a tally center in the capital Monrovia following the country's presidential and legislatives elections on 12 October 2017. Picture: AFP.

MONROVIA - Results in the Liberian elections are still trickling in.

At a media briefing in the capital Monrovia late on Thursday, the National Electoral Commission released provisional results at less than 30% (28.75%) of the total number of votes counted.

Liberians have voted to replace Africa's first female president who's served two six-year terms in office.

Confident of a first round victory, supporters of former world footballer George Weah gathered at his party headquarters and were glued to their radios.

He would need to get an absolute majority to avoid a second round.

But for now, a run-off looks likely against vice-president Joseph Boakai who trails behind him at 25.75%.
Further results are expected to be release later on Friday.

Meanwhile, a South African election observer mission to Liberia has praised the country for holding credible polls.

This echoes the sentiments of the African Union and the regional body ECOWAS.

Lesiba Teffo from UNISA's Management of Democratic Elections on the African Continent programme, says while on the whole Liberian's have done well, there are a couple of issues that need fine tuning.

"They started very late. That's number one. Secondly, I had a sense that voter education might have not been given a priority because in some instances I had a sense that people were not even sure how to go about with the ballot box."

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)

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