Opposition parties see faults in Liberia's presidential poll

Vote-counting continues in Liberia

Liberia expects provisional election results Thursday

But the Observer reports that he and Joseph Boakai, of the ruling Unity Party, dominated polling and emerged far ahead of the rest of the field.

The first official results had been expected later today.

Twenty presidential candidates are vying for a majority in the first round of elections, while almost 1,000 candidates from 26 parties fight for 73 seats in the House of Representatives.

The retired proficient footballer turned politician who was a senator in his home country before his emergence as the successor of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.

A presidential candidate must win more than 50 percent of the vote to avoid a second round.

Voters commended her leadership but said they were ready for change.

Global observers say the polls went smoothly despite late start to voting in some counties. A runoff election, if needed, would come two weeks after that announcement.

The Alternative National Congress and Coalition for Democratic Change, also expressing similar concerns, called on the Liberian electoral body to address issues concerning missing and incomplete presidential ballot books in Montserrado County.

"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", Fomunyoh said.

If eventually confirmed as victor of the presidential election, George Weah has an onerous task of stepping into Sirleaf's shoes.

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