But the Observer reports that he and Joseph Boakai, of the ruling Unity Party, dominated polling and emerged far ahead of the rest of the field.
The first official results had been expected later today. In 2005 George Wea again ran for president, but then remained second in the vote, after Surley.
Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, president of Liberia, addresses the 2008 United Methodist General Conference on April 29 in Fort Worth, Texas.
According to an Executive Mansion release, President Sirleaf, early on Tuesday, October 10, 2017 joined the queue at precisely 8:20a.m.in Fefeh Town, Bomi County to cast her vote.
The AU and ECOWAS made several recommendations about the electoral process including the need for a review of the electoral register which accounted for long winding queues on voting day, as well as adequate training for election staff. Final results should be known within two weeks. Sirleaf is a United Methodist and the first female head of state in Africa. She led the country's recovery from a 14-year civil war and guided it through the Ebola crisis in 2014-15 that killed almost 5,000 Liberians. Voters commended her leadership, but also said they are ready for change when they lined up for Tuesday's historic vote.
"All of these people are saying they want change and improvement, and that explains why nearly all of the candidates are presenting themselves as candidates for change", Fomunyoh said.