Opposition is calling for a halt in announcing Liberia's presidential election results


George Oppong Weah, former footballer and the only African player to win Ballon d'Or is in the lead as vote counting continues across Liberia following that country's presidential elections.

There are 986 aspirants for the 73 seats in the House of representatives. According to global observers, the vote has gone smoothly, despite its late start in some counties. 2,183,683 people registered to vote and the elections body reports of a high turnout.

To avoid a run-off, the victor of the presidential race must get 50% plus one vote. The turnout was impressive, especially among the younger generations, said Christopher Fomunyoh, of the USA funded National Democratic Institute for International Affairs, which is monitoring the elections.

The presidential elections in Liberia are being done in six years. She led the country's recovery from a 14-year civil war and guided it through the Ebola crisis in 2014-15 that killed almost 5,000 Liberians.

"We are calling on NEC to immediately halt further announcements of election results".

Voters commended her leadership but said they were ready for change. This is an important step toward achieving Liberia's first peaceful transfer of power from one democratically-elected head of state to another in decades.

The election marks the end of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf's tenure.