Writing on the wall here indicates that Monday’s by-elections in Montserrado County may not go ahead as planned earlier, as the National Elections Commission is seriously considering postponement for the second time.
The NEC had postponed the senatorial by-election and the District#15 representative by-election from 02 July to 08 July 2019 due to delay in arrival of materials.
Information from the corridors of the commission says vendors that are responsible for the printing of voting materials are delaying in importing all materials at once thereby, putting the NEC in a difficult position to live within the timeframe announced earlier.
The information was later confirmed by opposition senatorial candidate, Abraham Darious Dillon in a news conference Wednesday, July 3, at his Liberty Party headquarters in Monrovia.
When this writer contacted the National Elections Commission through its Public Affairs Department on another postponement of the polls, the department neither confirms nor denies the information but says the NEC will address the nation today, July 04.
However, Mr. Dillon informs his supporters and the news conference that the postponement is another tactics by the government to violate the Constitution and create room for cheating, something, he says his camp would not take lightly.
The Constitution of Liberia says a by-election shall be held within 90 days.
Dillon claims that President George Manneh Weah and his ruling Coalition government have smelled defeat, ahead of the polls that’s why they are continuously postponing the elections’ date.
He notes that Liberians especially, those within Montserrado County have resolved and prepared to express their dissatisfaction over ‘bad governance and corruption’ being displayed by the governing Coalition for Democratic Change by voting against candidates of the ruling establishment in both races.
Mr. Dillon comes from the opposition bloc being strongly supported by former ruling Unity Party of Ex-president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the Liberty Party of Cllr. Charles Walker Brumskine, the Alternative National Congress of Alexander Benedict Cummings and the All Liberian Party of businessman-turned politician, Benoni Urey.
He is spokesperson of the Council of Patriots, organizers of the June 07 protest in Monrovia, something that has lifted his profile.
He is going against the ruling Coalition for Democratic Change female candidate, Ms. PaulitaWie and six other candidates, including Kimmie Weeks, MacDella Cooper, Madam Massa MassaquoiKanyon, and incumbent District#6 Representative Samuel Enders, respectively for the senate.
The opposition bloc features Ms. Telia Urey, daughter of All Liberian Party leader Benoni Urey against Abu Kamara of the ruling CDC in District#15, which seat was made vacant by the death of Representative Adolph Lawrence in a car crash. By E. J. Nathaniel Daygbor–Editing by Jonathan Browne