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Liberia polls: Nigeria senator calls 'fake' victory for Weah

Liberia polls: Nigeria senator calls 'fake' victory for Weah

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<p>A Nigerian Senator has congratulated former World Footballer of the Year, George Weah, for his “victory” in Liberia’s presidential election, but his message has largely been dismissed as ‘fake.’</p> <p>Senator Shehu Sani of Kaduna State used his twitter handle to ‘declare’ Weah the victor at a time when indications point to a run-off between the former footballer and Vice-president Joseph Nyuma Boakai.</p> <p><img src="https://static.euronews.com/articles/39/30/393040/1024x576_bonus-Facebooook.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>The National Elections Commission (<span class="caps">NEC</span>) had on Wednesday cautioned against the spread of what it called ‘fake results.’ </p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Preliminary results would <span class="caps">ONLY</span> be reported on radio and website <span class="caps">AFTER</span> <span class="caps">THOROUGH</span> <span class="caps">CHECKING</span> once they are ready. DO <span class="caps">NOT</span> circulate fake results.</p>— <span class="caps">NEC</span> Liberia (@NECLiberia) <a href="https://twitter.com/NECLiberia/status/918094525771538432?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">October 11, 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>According to <span class="caps">NEC</span> Liberia, preliminary results were going to be transmitted only via radio and its website. “Do not believe in spurious results announcements. Wait for official update from the <span class="caps">NEC</span> before trusting any results,” they stressed.</p> <p>The elections of October 10 went smoothly with only one incident at a polling center in Nimba County where voting was disrupted. The <span class="caps">NEC</span> says a new date will be set for voting at the center where election materials were quarantined.</p> <p>Turnout was huge as about two million voters queued to elect a new president to replace outgoing Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and to also pick 73 lawmakers out of over 900 candidates.</p> <h3><a href="http://www.africanews.com/tag/africa-elections/" target="_blank">Click here for all the election news on our Africa Elections page</a></h3> <h3>You may also follow our <span class="caps">LIVE</span> online coverage below as we update you on happenings in the country. </h3> <iframe src="//embed.scribblelive.com/Embed/v7.aspx?Id=2682032&ThemeId=19714" width="100%" height="1200" frameborder="0"></iframe>

Do not believe in spurious results announcements. Wait for official update from the NEC before trusting any results.

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