Former soccer star George Weah has won the first round of the Liberian presidential elections and is expected to face second placed Joseph Boakai in a run-off next month.
Weah is on the lead with 39% of the votes and less than 5 percent of precincts still to be counted according to the electoral commission figures released on Sunday.
Joseph Boakai, the incumbent vice president is placed second with 29.1%.
The final certified results from Tuesday’s poll which saw a 75% turnout must be announced by Oct. 25.
A total of 20 candidates competed in last week’s poll seeking to succeed Nobel Peace Prize winner Ellen Johnson Sirleaf in what would be Liberia’s first democratic transfer of power in more than 70 years.