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Muslims Council goes to the poll today

By: Emmanuel wise Jipoh

Members of the National Muslims Council of Liberia, will Friday, 31st March 2023, go to the poll to elect- new corps of officers to stir the affairs of the council for the next three years.

The election is part of a weeklong National Convention currently convening at the Council’s headquarters on Old Road, in Monrovia.

According to the Board Chairman of the National Muslims Council electoral committee, Cllr. David M. Kolleh Jr, the National Convention is aimed at galvanizing Muslims across Liberia’s 15 political sub-divisions to identify with the Council to also elect new corps of officers.

Cllr. Kolleh explained that the last time the National Muslims Council had an election was over a decade ago. When the late Sheikh Kafumba Konneh, served as the legitimate Chairperson of the Council before his demise.

Cllr. David M. Kolleh Jr

He said the leadership tenure of that group of officers expired since 2018 ushering in an interim team that has been leading the Council.

Cllr. Kolleh Jr. said it’s about time the Council have an election to replace the late Sheikh Kafumba Konneh.

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The late Sheikh Kafumba Konneh took the helm of power as Chairperson of the National Muslims Council back in the 1980s, before he sadly passed off in 2018, and was replaced by his deputy Sheikh Oumaru A. Kamara, who spearheaded an interim leadership heading to the Friday Poll.

At least 276 Muslims delegates from across Liberia are expected to participate in in the Friday’s poll.

Those vying for elected positions include Abraham Fumbah Sherif, unopposed for the position of National Chairman to replace interim Chairman Sheikh Oumaru A. Kamara.

Mohammed M. Konneh is vying for the position of Vice Chairman for Administration; Abdulraman Ibrahim Sow, Vice Chairman for Operations and Reeves A.F. Kuku, Secretary-General.

Other vacancies up for grabs include the deputy secretary-general contested by Vannie S. Momolu and Alhassane V. Dukuly.

The rest are Haha Anna V. Sheriff, who will also go unopposed as Vice Chair for Women’s Affairs, and Cllr. Alhaji Swaliho A. Sisay, Chairman of the Board of Governors.

The council’s National Elections Committee in a statement said the election promises to be free, fair, and transparent.

It added that only qualified delegates will be eligible to cast their votes in an open ballot process closely monitored by a few observers and members of the National Elections Commission (NEC).

According to them, delegates must be a part of the National Muslim Council of Liberia before being eligible to vote.

Members of the council are to pay a monthly due for a period of 12 months and US$5 as a fee for an identification card before being a delegate.

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