Former football star George Weah and Vice-President Joseph Boakai are headed for a second-round and voters are expected to return to the poll on November 7th to vote their chosen candidate.
Nearly all the results from Tuesday’s poll have been counted, the election commission says.
Mr. Weah, the first African to win the Ballon D’Or football award, is leading with 39%, while Mr. Boakai is in second place with 29%.
The two lead the field of 20 candidates who competed to succeed Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Africa’s first female elected president and a winner of the Nobel Peace Prize.
A candidate needed more than 50% of the votes for victory in the first round.
Fewer than 5% of polling stations have yet to declare results, and lawyer Charles Brumskine is in third place with 9.8%.
Meet the frontrunners
George Weah, 51:
Former Fifa World Footballer of the Year
Arsene Wenger, now at Arsenal, was his coach at Monaco in the 1990s
Has the political backing of jailed warlord and former president Charles Taylor
Taylor’s ex-wife, Jewel Howard Taylor, is his running mate
Joseph Boakai, 73:
Nicknamed “Sleepy Joe”
Denies it is because he is often caught napping at public events says it is because he is a dreamer
Vice-president under Ellen Johnson Sirleaf since 2005
Has distanced himself from her record, saying “a lot more needs to be achieved”
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