LIBERIA POLLS: Ex-footballer George Weah in early lead

Voters lined up at a polling center in Grand Bassa County

Voters lined up at a polling center in Grand Bassa County

Weah's professional football career was between 1985 and 2003.

The final results are due to be declared today by Liberia's National Elections Commission (NEC).

At the end of Liberian civil war, Weah announced his intention to run for president in the 2005 elections, forming the Congress for Democratic Change to back his candidacy. Weah won with 78% of the vote and defeated Robert Sirleaf, the son of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.

Weah is now leading his opponent in the results already announced. 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.

If eventually confirmed as victor of the presidential election, George Weah has an onerous task of stepping into Sirleaf's shoes.

Meanwhile, the Liberty Party and its flag-bearer, Charles Brumskine have called on the elections commission to immediately suspend the announcement of Tuesday's election results.

Weah who was a former Chelsea and Manchester City player, was also a three-time victor of the African Footballer of the Year prize.

The AU and ECOWAS made several recommendations about the electoral process including the need for a review of the electoral register which accounted for long winding queues on voting day, as well as adequate training for election staff.

"If NEC does not cooperate with our request, we will take the appropriate legal action", the party's chairman, Benjamin Sanvee, said in the capital city of Monrovia.

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