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Liberia: New faces on Capitol Hill

After 100% tally of Representative by – elections 

By Winston W. Parley

Liberia: The National Elections Commission has announced official results from the by-elections conducted in four of Liberia’s 15 counties after a 100 percent tally of the votes in which the ruling Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) and its biggest rival opposition bloc, Collaborating Political Parties (CPP), each failed to secure a single seat.

The representative by-elections conducted in Nimba, Grand Gedeh, Bomi, and Bong Counties bring news faces on Capitol Hill.

The new representatives – elect include Madam Finda Lasanah, an independent candidate in Bomi, (3,945 votes);  Mr. James Kolleh, People’s Unification Party’s candidate in Bong (4,283 votes); Mr. Erol Wion, Sr, LRP’s candidate in Grand Gedeh County ( 3,404 votes);  and Mr. Samuel Brown, Sr., an independent candidate in Nimba County.

The by-elections were conducted throughout the four counties on Tuesday, 16 November 2021. 

Officially announcing the results, Madam Davidetta Brown Lansanah, Chairperson of the National Elections Commission said Thursday, 18 November 2021 that 100 percent of all polling places in the four counties had been tallied.

“…The Commission will now proceed to read the results. The Commission will like to take this time to thank the Government of Liberia for the early funding of the elections,” said Madam Lansanah.

She also thanked voters for exercising their franchise, as well as NEC’s temporary staff for their hard work, but smart work which have culminated into the final results she announced Thursday.

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The conduct of the by-elections in the 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.

The vacancies in the four counties were created after four sitting representatives, in persons of Bomi’s Edwin Melvin Snowe, Nimba’s Jeremiah Koung, Grand Gedeh’s Zoe Pennoh, and Bong’s Prince Moye were elected to the Liberian Senate following the 2020 senatorial election in the 15 counties here.https://thenewdawnliberia.com/cummings-hails-elections-results/

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The New Dawn is Liberia’s Truly Independent Newspaper Published by Searchlight Communications Inc. Established on November 16, 2009, with its first hard copy publication on January 22, 2010. The office is located on UN Drive in Monrovia Liberia. The New Dawn is bilingual (both English & French).
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