NEC releases provisional results, as Arsenal’s manager raises false alarm of Weah’s victory

The BBC is reporting that Arsenal’s manager Arsene Wenger has seemingly been duped by false reports that former football star George Weah had won Liberia’s presidential election, even though the final results have not yet been announced.

Arsene Wenger coached Mr. Weah at French club Monaco in the 1990s.

Mr. Weah was among 20 presidential candidates in Tuesday’s election.

The former FIFA World Footballer of the Year failed in his two previous attempts, but is one of the front-runners to replace President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.

However, most analysts expect it to go to a second round, as a candidate needs more than 50 percent of the votes for outright victory.

False reports of Mr. Weah’s victory about have been circulating on social media, but it is not clear why Wenger thought he had won.

One of Liberia’s leading political parties, the Liberty Party, has called for a halt in announcing results, citing alleged irregularities.

National Elections Commission or NEC on Thursday, October 12, released first provincial results of the October 10 Liberian elections.

The first provincial results have put Senator George Weah of the Coalition for Democratic Change, CDC ahead of his main rival, Vice President Joseph Boakai of the ruling Unity Party.

The pair is the main contenders in the 2017 presidential elections.

Of Liberia’s 15 counties, Weah has so far received more votes than Mr. Boakai.

Announcing the provincial results on Thursday in a live radio broadcast, NEC’s Chairman, Cllr. Jerome Korkoya, said the Commission will continue the announcement of provincial results this Friday.

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