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Cummings hails elections results

Opposition Alternative National Congress (ANC) standard-bearer Alexander B. Cummings has hailed results of by-elections conducted in four of Liberia’s 15 counties, though the Collaborating Political Parties (CPP) of which he is a constituent member, miserably failed to secure a single seat in the Liberia Legislature.

“We have been following the unofficial results of the various by-elections which took place on Tuesday, November 16, 2021. While the results are not what had been anticipated for the Collaborating Political Parties (CPP), it is generally good for the opposition community which won,” Mr. Cummings said in a statement Thursday, 18 November 2021.

Prior to the National Elections Commissions (NEC) announcing official results from the polls, some members of the public, including CPP sympathizers, had already begun criticizing the opposition bloc for incessant internal conflict among political leaders that is assumed to contribute to the party’s massive defeat.

Final results announced Thursday, November 18, 2021, by the National Elections Commission put both the ruling CDC and the main opposition CPP off-balance with neither side winning a seat.

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“I congratulate all of the winners, and urge you to continue to remain true in upholding the interests of the people who entrusted you with the privilege to represent them,” Mr. Cummings said. 

He further thanked the Liberian people for again demonstrating their continued commitment to preserve and consolidate Liberia’s young democracy by participating in electoral processes despite shortcomings and challenges. 

He also salutes everyone who contested for the courage to step forward, and for offering the nation what really is the truest test of its democracy – the freedom to equally participate and fairly compete. 

“Liberia’s democracy,” he says, “wins when Liberians are allowed to participate freely and fairly in choosing their leaders and deciding the direction of the country”, adding, real change is coming. Liberia deserves better.

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The conduct of the by-elections in four counties came this week after the House of Representatives of the 54th Legislature on February 4, 2021, February 18, 2021, February 23, 2021, and April 21, 2021, through the Chief Clerk, informed the National Elections Commission of four respective vacancies.

The vacancies affected Bong Electoral District #2, Nimba Electoral District #1, Grand Gedeh Electoral District #1, and Bomi Electoral District #1, respectively, in compliance with Chapter V Article 37 of the Constitution of the Republic of Liberia.https://thenewdawnliberia.com/cummings-rejects-closed-door-solution-in-cpp/

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