results for Liberia's election trickle in, former soccer star turned politician, George Weah, has taken an early lead. On Thursday, the National Election Commission put Ware ahead in 11 of Liberia's 15 counties. But a full result hasn't been declared yet. And the ex-Paris St Germain player is yet to secure an outright majority.
If that doesn't happen, the top two candidates will advance to a run off. Among the favorites, the Vice President, Joseph Nyuma Boakai, of the ruling Unity Party. But a total of 20 candidates are in the running. And one political party has already alleged fraud and vowed to contest the results.
During Tuesday's vote, witnesses said ballots boxes arrived late. And some people struggled to find their names on voter rolls. But foreign observers say they haven't identified any major problems in the voting or subsequent counting. Whoever is elected will a part of the country's first democratic transfer of power in 73 years.
The election marks the departure of President and Nobel Peace Prize winner, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, after 12 years in charge. Africa's first female president, one acclaimed for keeping peace in the country after a brutal 14 year civil war