Vote counting still underway in Liberia

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Polls closed at 0800 GMT in some parts of Liberia while several voters are still in queues awaiting their turn to vote.

Vote counting is underway at some centres where all voters in the queue have cast their ballots.

2,183,683 people registered to vote in the hotly contested election that will determine the replacement of Africa’s first female democratically elected president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.

There are 20 candidates vying to head Liberia’s presidency. They include former footballer Senator George Weah, Vice President Joseph Boakai, former rebel leader Prince Johnson, serial candidate Brumskine Charles and the only woman in the race, former model Macdella Cooper.

There are 986 aspirants for the 73 seats in the House of representatives. They will know their fate at the close of polls at 1800 GMT.

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