The famous footballer is elected President of Liberia

039;Liberia is on track to achieving a credible poll'- ECOWAS AU observer missions

Former Ballon d'Or winner, George Weah Wins Liberia Presidential Election'

Other top presidential candidates include longtime opposition figure Charles Brumskine who heads the Liberty Party (LP) as well as former Coca-Cola executive Alexander Cummings.

The National Election Commission has said it would start to release provisional results Thursday evening. The former Fifa World Footballer of the Year has long turned a politician with aspiration to be Liberia's President.

Although footballer George Weah is being touted on social media as the new president of Liberia, the nation's electoral body is yet to announce the election results officially. If no candidate manages to win 50 percent of the vote, a runoff election will take place on November 7. Voters commended her leadership, but also said they are ready for change when they lined up for Tuesday's historic vote. The NEC hasn't yet declared how numerous 2.2 million registered voters took part in the polls. Worldwide observers say Tuesday's vote went smoothly despite late starts in some counties.

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"No matter the outcome of this election, it will result in a transfer of power from one democratically elected government to another for the first time in the lives of many Liberians", it said in a statement.

Twenty candidates are running to replace Sirleaf, Africa's first elected female leader, who is stepping down after a maximum two terms in office. She led the country's recovery from a 14-year civil war and guided this West African country through the Ebola crisis that killed almost 5 000 people. "All of these people are saying they want change and improvement, and that explains why nearly all of the candidates are presenting themselves as candidates for change".

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