BBC–One of Liberia’s leading political parties has called for a halt in announcing results of Tuesday’s presidential election.

In a statement, the Liberal Party said it was deeply troubled by the discovery of irregularities and fraud, and threatened the National Elections Commission (NEC) with legal action.

George Weah, former soccer player and presidential candidate of Congress for Democratic Change (CDC), votes at a polling station in Monrovia, Liberia

George Weah, former soccer player and presidential candidate of Congress for Democratic Change (CDC), votes at a polling station in Monrovia, Liberia

The first official results had been expected later today.

Charles Brumskine of the Liberal Party was one of the contenders to succeed Africa’s first elected female president, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.

Correspondents say that irregularities would taint the country’s first democratic transfer of power in more than 70 years.

An NEC spokesman told Reuters that it was unaware of the Liberty Party’s complaint.