Contenders go head-to-head in a delayed run-off vote for the presidency

George Weah

They are selecting a victor between former football star George Weah and veteran Deputy President Joseph Boakai to succeed Africa's first elected woman President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf who's constitutional mandate has run out.

Though the NEC has not made any pronouncement following the vote on Tuesday, unofficial results that are partly coming in appear to put Mr. Weah in the early lead against Mr. Boakai. "I have the people on my side".

The 51-year-old, of the Congress for Democratic Change party, will succeed Ellen Johnson Sirleaf as president next month following an election fraught with fraud and irregularities accusations, report The Guardian.

The ballot was delayed for seven weeks due to legal challenges lodged by Boakai's Unity Party against the electoral commission over the conduct of the first round of voting, but numerous complaints appeared to have been addressed in the second round. "So I know Boakai can not defeat me", Weah told AFP.

But Mr Weah's election is not without controversy, as his running mate is Jewel Taylor, former wife of the warlord and ex-President Charles Taylor, who is serving a jail sentence in the United Kingdom for war crimes. Weah also polled well in Bong County, where there's a strong affinity to ex-leader Taylor. "Because the people believe in us and they know we represent the best", said Boakai, a public servant of four decades standing, seen as the establishment candidate.

Boakai said, on Sunday, he was "very, very confident" of winning, saying: "Victory is mine".

Liberia's National Elections Commission was expected to begin releasing provisional results Wednesday from the West African nation's presidential runoff as a football star and the vice president compete to replace Africa's first female head of state. As a result, Boakai is also plagued with the burden of being her deputy.

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