By Azania Post Reporter and Agencies
A total of 20 presidential candidates in West African nation Liberia are running to succeed current President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, in a polling exercise today.
Some of prominent candidates vying for the post to succeed the first Africa’s first elected female president are Ex-football star George Weah, Alex Cummings who is a former Coca Cola executive and vice president Joseph Boakai.
History show that Liberia, founded by freed US slaves in the 19th Century, has not had a smooth transfer of power in 73 years.
Sirleaf urged Liberians to vote peacefully in a nation still recovering from a 14-year civil war.
"Your vote is about you and your family - not party, ethnicity," she said in an address to the nation. Sirleaf, 78, is stepping down at the end of her two terms.
She took office in 2006, after her predecessor, Charles Taylor, was forced out of office by rebels in 2003.
Taylor is currently serving a 50-year prison sentence in the UK for war crimes related to the conflict in neighbouring Sierra Leone.
Weah, aged 51, has chosen Taylor's ex-wife Jewel Howard Taylor as his running mate.
This is the former footballer of the year's third attempt to become president.
Sirleaf has failed to campaign for Boakai, fuelling speculation that the two have fallen out.
Supporters of Boakai, 72, are campaigning under the slogan: "Our ma [Sirleaf] spoil it, our pa will fix it." Almost 2.2 million people are registered to vote in the election.
Parliamentary elections are also due to be held at the same time.
Campaigning has been dominated by promises to tackle poverty, corruption, and guarantee stability in the West African state.
Liberia is one of the poorest countries in the world, with more than 50% of people living in poverty.
It was one of three West African states badly hit by the 2014-15 Ebola outbreak which left more than 11,300 people dead.