The long-awaited 2014 Special Senatorial Elections which finally took place on Saturday, December 20, 2014, may soon be history.
Despite the poll being characterized by high voters’ apathy, Liberians still gathered at the various polling centers across the country to cast their ballots in favor of the candidates they support. A report gathered so far by the NewDawn indicates that some of the candidates are already assured of victory in some counties.
The political leader of the Congress for Democratic Change or CDC, Ambassador George Weah, who contested the Presidency in 2005 and Vice Presidency in 2011 and failed, has reportedly won the Montserrado County Senatorial seat ahead of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s favorite son, Robert Alvin Sirleaf, while incumbent Bong County Senator Jewel Howard-Taylor of the National Patriotic Party or NPP narrowly managed to retain her seat ahead of Cuttington University President and Independent Candidate Dr. Henrique Flomo Tokpa.
In Grand Bassa County, Senate Pro-Tempore and Independent Candidate Milton Findley has been whipped by Liberty Party’s Candidate Jonathan Kaipay. Since the establishment of the opposition Liberty Party, no party or independent candidates have won the Liberty Party of Cllr. Charles Brumskine in such a race.
Margibi County is highly contested by Richard Saah Gbollie of the National Patriotic Party and Professor D. Ansu Sonii of the Congress for Democratic Change or CDC, with reports that results of the two are close-to-call, while Steve Ziarko of the Liberty Party and Independent Candidate, Professor Alhaji G.V. Kromah continues to chase each other in the Lofa County senatorial race.
As anticipate prior to the poll, Nimba County’s Senator Prince Y. Johnson of the majority Gio ethnic group is reported to be widely leading with most votes counted in the west of the county inhabited by the Mano-speaking ethnic group, while Edith Gongole of the Mano-speaking ethnic group may still be putting up a chase.
In Gbarpolu County, former Superintendent and current Representative, Gartue Larmine, is reported to be in the lead, while former Senator Daniel Naatehn is second. Reports from the southeastern county of River Cess point to Mr. Josephus Burgess of the Alternative National Congress or ANC as the one in the lead for County’s senatorial seat, closely followed by former Superintendent Wellington Geevon Smith.
In Sinoe County, controversial former Superintendent J. Milton Teahjay and Senator Mobutu VlahNyenpan of the Alliance for Peace and Democracy or APD are still battling for the seat of that coastal county, while former Assistant Minister at the Ministry of Lands, Mines and Energy and Independent Candidate Albert Chea remains on top of things in Grand Kru County, while former Superintendent Rosaline Sneh of the ruling Unity Party is second for now.
In River Gee County, there are reports that former Minister of state without Portfolio at the Executive Mansion, Company B. Wesseh is topping the rest of the candidates. The seat for Maryland County is still being heavily contested between Representative Bhofal Chambers of the CDC and former Superintendent J. Gblehbo Brown- also an Independent Candidate.
The political battle in Grand Gedeh County is mainly between Independent Candidate and current Representative Zoe Emmanuel Pennue and Marshall A. Dennis of the CDC. According to reports, the 2014 Special Senatorial Election registered low turnout- with majority of the electorates voting in Montserrado County. Final results of the special senatorial elections will be announced by the National Elections Commission.