Senator and African football legend George Weah will face incumbent Vice President Joseph Boakai in the second round of the presidential elections in Liberia. Neither candidate obtained the absolute majority in the first round in a process that ended on Sunday.
Five days after election to elect the successor of Ellen John son Sirleaf, the first woman to be elected president in Africa, George Weah led with 572,000 votes representing 39% of the votes with Joseph Boakai attaining 427,000 or 29.1 of the total votes cast.
1.55 million votes have been counted, with an average of 74.5 percent voter turnout, NEC president Jerome Korkoya said.
Lawyer Charles Brumskine was third with 9.8% of the votes .
George Weah, 51, led in 12 out of the 15 provinces in the country, including that of the capital, Monrovia, where he has been the senator since 2014.
“Love for this country will make me a good president,” Weah said after casting his vote on Tuesday.
The outgoing president Ellen Johnson, a Nobel prize winner in 2011 was not eligible to contest after her two terms came to end. President Sirleaf said Liberia was “ready for transition”
The run off is set to be on November 7, the National Election Commision (NEC) announced.