. The partial count shows that the presidential candidate is ahead of his rival Joseph Boakai in 11 of the 15 counties. Either candidate needs more than 50% of the votes to win.

The elections were marred with discrepancies and poll irregularities forcing one party to even ask that the counting be halted.

Jerome Korkoya, National Elections Commission (NEC) Chairman, said the commission was committed to the release of timely results but this cannot be done at the expense of accuracy, after foreign observers began to apply pressure over the long wait.

Arsene Wenger, who had coached George Weah in 1990 while he oversaw the French club Monaco, is apparently quoted to have misleadingly stated that George Weah had already won, in a statement after the results started trickling in, Arsene Wenger said,

“I would like to congratulate one of my former players, who became president of Liberia,” Mr Wenger told reporters.

“It’s not often you have a former player who becomes president of a country. So well done, Georgie.

NEC Chairman Jerome Korkoya countered this saying.

“This commission has not declared any winner,” he stressed.

He reiterated that his officials were trying their best to get accurate poll results out as soon as possible.