Liberia’s National Election Commission has said Weah won 61.5 percent of Tuesday's run-off vote, which was delayed several weeks after a legal challenge from his opponent, Vice President Joseph Boakai, following October's first round.

With almost all ballots counted, NEC President Jerome Korkoya said final results would be released on Friday.

But the man of the moment George Weah has already acknowledged his victory.

He took to twitter to express his feelings.

“My fellow Liberians, I deeply feel the emotion of all the nation. I measure the importance and the responsibility of the immense task which I embrace today. Change is on.”

NEC said with 98.1 percent of all votes counted, Boakai had only secured 38.5 percent support.

Weah, the only African ever to have won FIFA's World Player of the Year and the coveted Ballon D'Or football award, missed out on the presidency in a 2005 bid.

President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf's office has set up a team for a proper and peaceful hand-over from one democratically elected leader to another.

It will be the first time since 1944 Liberia will be have a democratic handover as tumultuous events of the past 70 years, where an estimated 250,000 people died during back-to-back civil wars between 1989-2003, have prevented such from happening.

Sirleaf's predecessor Charles Taylor fled the country in 2003, hoping to avoid prosecution for funding rebel groups in neighbouring Sierra Leone.

Two presidents who served prior to Taylor were assassinated.

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