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It remains unclear how some international media institutions got information about George Weah winning the elections here. Amid a tension-packed election, it was somehow shocking and intriguing when news emerged that Weah had won the elections. This picture was painted outside Liberia a day after the poll on October 10 by some media entities, mainly in Nigeria and Zambia.

News about Weah winning the elections became like wildfire when the National Elections Commission (NEC) had not even announced the first results. Such astonishing news might have also landed credence to the debate and claims about first round victory preached by some Liberians and mainly partisans of the CDC.

As far as results released by NEC are concerned, the election could settle for a runoff as none of the candidates has obtained the required percentage of 50+1%. Rather reporting that he has won, Weah is only leading with 39% of the votes followed by Mr. Boakai with 29.1%.

The News As Reported

“Winner of the Ballon’Or Award for Best European player in 1995, George Weah was elected President of Liberia. The election took place on Tuesday. According to International observers, the vote has smoothly despite its start in some counties. More than 2.1 million people who have participated in the election, preferred 51 year-old Weah to other senior candidate, the Vice President of Liberia, Joseph Boakai.

In the presidential post, the former footballer will replace Nobel Laureate for Peace in 2011, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, who has won two terms. In 2005, Weah again ran for President, but then remained second in the poll, after Sirleaf.

Weah’s professional football career was between 1995 and 2003. He played for Monaco, PSG, Milan, Man City and Chelsea. The Liberian became the only Ballon d’Or winner whose country never played at the World Cup.

He was champion of France and Italy (twice). He won three times the French Cup and once the English Cup. He was the best player in the world in the 1995 FIFA ranking and three times African No. 1 footballer.”

Zambia Eye: Ex-world soccer star George Weah wins Liberian Presidency:

“Former European and African footballer of the Year has won Liberian presidential elections. Weah was contesting the elections the second time after his unsuccessful 2005 bid against outgoing President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the first democratically elected female President in Africa. The ex-Chelsea and Man City star takes over from Iron Lady who steps down after two terms -12 yrs.
Weah was the first and only African player to win the Ballon d’Or and World Player of the Year titles in 1995. His famous playing days were at PSG and AC Milan.”

Daily Independent: Football Hero, George Weah Voted Liberian President:

“George Oppong Weah, the former world footballer of the year has been elected as the new President of the West African, Liberia. Weah will succeed Africa’s first elected female president and Nobel Prize Laureate, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. The former football star and Vice President Joseph Boakai were the main contenders in the race to succeed her. Liberia.”

Apart from what was reported in other foreign media, Weah’s former coach did not wait to congratulate him “on his election as president of Liberia.”
In an Article, titled: Arsene Wenger wrongly celebrates George Weah’s Liberia election win,” it is said he has been seemingly duped by “false reports” that Weah had won the elections, though the results had not been announced.
He said “I would like to congratulate one of former players, who became president of Liberia.” “It is not often that you have a former player who becomes president of a country. Well done and I would say just for him to keep his enthusiasm and desire to learn and win.”

Where Did They Get The News?

The Arsenal boss did not say where he got the news from. It was widely circulated on social media that the former footballer had made sufficient inroad into the elections. All of this supports the issue of false and fake news which have become the centerpiece of social media or Facebook.
Judging from the results released by NEC, the facts are clear that there is no outright winner of the elections. So from where these international media entities got the news (information) about Weah winning the elections? Besides one of them that quoted international observers, the others made no reference to any source.

With no source to back such information concerning an already contested and volatile election in a foreign nation, media experts will agree such reportage is a breach of one of the pillars of journalism. Whether the report was influenced or not, or meant to create tension, it somehow pushed the issue of “fake news” to another limit of attention.


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