Published: Thu, October 12, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

George Weah went from Ballon D'or to Presidency !

George Weah went from Ballon D'or to Presidency !

Observers report long lines at many polling stations at closing time.

The NEC was originally expected to release preliminary results on Thursday.

He is the only African player to win FIFA World Player of the Year and Ballon d'Or.

Following the backlash observer missions received after declaring Kenya's recent elections were fair, the two African observer missions fell short of giving a final verdict on the conduct of the polls.

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. 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.

Liberia, Africa's oldest modern republic, was founded by freed US slaves in 1847 but its last democratic power transfer dates back to 1943.

Voters commended her leadership but said they were ready for change.

Worldwide observers say the polls went smoothly despite late start to voting in some counties. The turnout was impressive, especially among the younger generations, said Christopher Fomunyoh, of the United States funded National Democratic Institute for International Affairs, which is monitoring the elections. Fomunyoh, who also observed Liberia's 2005 elections, said Sirleaf helped create an environment for an open race with such a high number of candidates. - AP.

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