Former football star George Weah and Liberia’s Vice President Joseph Boakai will face a runoff for the country’s presidency on November 7, says the national election commission said on Sunday.
Weah took 39.0 per cent of the votes and Boakai 29.1 per cent, with tallies in from 95.6 per cent of polling stations.
The two contenders were short of the 50 per cent barrier required to win outright from the first round of voting held on Tuesday.
According to the National Elections Commission Chairman Jerome Korkoya, 1,550,923 votes had been counted and turnout was at 74.52 per cent.
Weah was runner-up to Johnson Sirleaf in a 2005 election that helped draw a line under years of civil war that killed hundreds of thousands of civilians. He has been a senator for the opposition CDC party since 2014, Reuters reports.
Boakai, the former head of Liberia’s petroleum refinery company and agriculture minister, has served as Liberia’s vice president since 2006 and represents the ruling Unity Party, the report said.