MONROVIA (Reuters) – Soccer star George Weah and Vice-President Joseph Boakai both signaled they had been heading for victory in Liberia’s presidential elections, as they waited for early outcomes on Thursday.
The parties at the rear of three other candidates alleged fraud and vowed to contest the outcomes.
But global observers stated they had witnessed no key issues in Tuesday’s poll, a vote meant to deliver in the West African country’s first democratic transfer of electrical power in extra than 7 many years.
An formal from Weah’s CDC social gathering, Mulbah Morlu, broadcast an invitation on community radio to a “pre-victory celebration” outdoors the group’s headquarters. The former star striker for Paris Saint-Germain and Milan came next to outgoing President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf in 2005.
Boakai’s campaign manager, Mohammed Ali, explained to Reuters stories from across the nation suggested the vice president was heading for a deliver-round run-off in opposition to Weah early future thirty day period.
Observers from the European Union and the U.S.-centered Carter Middle and National Democratic Institute (NDI) stated they had not recognized any key problems with the voting or subsequent counting.
“The all round perform of the voting was generally assessed as either very good or incredibly very good,” the EU mission stated in a assertion.
Two more compact parties alleged irregularities on Thursday, becoming a member of the Liberty Occasion – whose candidate Charles Brumskine identified as for a halt in asserting the consequence a working day previously.
“Every attainable electoral fraud has been committed by the Unity Occasion,” stated All Liberian Occasion candidate Benoni Urey, referring to Boakai’s ruling team.
Urey and the Movement for Democracy and Reconstruction, represented by former rebel chief Prince Johnson, alleged that additional ballots had been printed in advance and marked with votes for Boakai.
Unity Party’s Ali declined to respond to people accusations. Associates for the electoral fee could not be promptly achieved for remark in advance of the expected announcement of provisional outcomes at 5 p.m. (1700 GMT).
None of the parties delivered proof of dishonest.
Before in the working day, Johnson Sirleaf, who became Africa’s first elected woman president when she gained a shock victory in 2005 next a put up-war changeover, hailed the election as historic.
“We think that all Liberians are completely ready for this procedure. I thank them for collaborating in this procedure,” she explained to reporters.
Liberia, Africa’s oldest present day republic, was established by freed U.S. slaves in 1847 but its last democratic electrical power transfer transpired in 1944.
Added reporting by Emma Farge and Edward McAllister in Dakar Writing by Aaron Ross Modifying by Joe Bavier and Andrew Heavens