Liberia awaits election results after delay

Liberia's provisional election results are expected Thursday, as the West African nation waits to see who will succeed Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Africa's first female president.

20 candidates were vying for the leadership position.

The first official results from the presidential and legislative elections were expected to be released on Thursday.

Africa correspondent at the Daily Maverick, Simon Allen, says however there has been a delay due to what appears to be a few technical glitches.

There was a high voter turnout which is a fantastic endorsement of Liberia's democracy. Long lines at polls - and that is partly why the counting is taking a little bit longer than planned because there were just so many people.

Simon Allen, Africa correspondent at the Daily Maverick

Among the president-elects hoping to succeed Sirleaf, is former soccer star George Weah.

He has been running in the last two Liberian elections. This is his third and this is probably his best shot at taking victory.

Simon Allen, Africa correspondent at the Daily Maverick

Analysts suggest that there may be a presidential run-off between the top two candidates if none obtain more than 50% of the vote.

We are unlikely to know the identity of Liberia's next president when these votes are released because how Liberia works, is if no one gets more than 50% of the vote then the top two candidates will have a runoff election and that is scheduled for November 7.

Simon Allen, Africa correspondent at the Daily Maverick

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