Monrovia, Liberia – Former international football star George Weah took the lead in the presidential election in Liberia, where the West African country began to release provisional results.
The National Election Commission, which participated late Thursday in Wye, shows ahead in 14 of Liberia's 15 provinces, while Vice President Joseph Boakay is in his hometown, Lofa. With 20 candidates in the race, observers expect a round election.
Committee Chairman Jerome Korkoya warned that the early results represented a small fraction of the total vote, and warned supporters of the candidates of the declaration of victory.
Liberia seeks to succeed Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, who led the country after its recovery from civil war and the outbreak of Ebola, which killed nearly 5,000 Liberians.
One of the largest political parties called for a countdown on Thursday, claiming irregularities in voting and fraud. Angry Freedom Party supporters claimed that polls were opened late and that ballot tampering took place at least one place in the capital, Monrovia.
"These people stood in the rain and under the sun, and these people sacrificed," said Abe Darius Dillon, the Party's deputy political affairs chief. The Freedom Party candidate is Charles Brumskin, a corporate lawyer who placed third in the 2005 and fourth elections in 2011.
The Electoral Commission is ready to hear formal complaints but the counting process will continue, spokesman Henry Boyd Flumo said.
"We have mandated the constitution to hold elections and announce the results within 15 days." "We have no choice but to live with it."
He said he could not be charged with assaulting ballot papers, but admitted that many voters found it difficult to find their polling stations. Everyone was allowed to vote.
The Carter Center, which witnessed the elections, praised the Liberians for "a calm and calm atmosphere" to vote. He noted the difficulties faced by long lines and the management of voter lists, but said that he could not give a final assessment until the counting of votes was completed.
"Regardless of the outcome of these elections, it will lead to the transfer of power from a democratically elected government to another for the first time in the lives of many Liberians," he said in a statement.