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NEC BOSSSince the conduct of the Special Senatorial Election last December, former Bong County Senatorial candidate Henrique Flomo Tokpa and supporters continue to maintained that they won the election and not incumbent Senator Jewel Howard Taylor.

A few days following the process, they reported several irregularities at several polling places in Electoral District Number Seven.

The Tokpa camp- Friends of Tokpa, continues to claim that the irregularities characterizing the voting process in District Number Seven favored Senator Taylor with more than two thousand votes, despite the very low turn-out.

Since their complaint to the National Elections Commission or NEC, the case continues to be ignored by NEC Chairman Jerome Kokoyah and members of the commission, as evidenced by the absence of the Chairman from country for nearly three months after the election.

Despite the delays, the Friends of Tokpa has renewed call for the NEC to reawaken the case since the return of Chairman Kokoyah to the Country after his long stay abroad.

An Executive of the FOT told our New Dawn Bong County correspondent that it was wrong for Cllr. Jerome Kokoyah to travel when he had a lot of electoral dissatisfactions to handle.

Mr. Ernest Siakor explained that unlike other contestants who took their cases straight to the Supreme Court, they were only observing the procedures outlined by the elections laws and guidelines.

Mr. Siakor added that behavior of Kokoyah sends a clear signal that the NEC boss escaped from his responsibility after noticong that he made too many errors in the Special Senatorial Election.

He claimed that his candidate was being under-estimated by Kokoyah and colleague on grounds that he was very liberal and did not have the backing of any political party as an independent candidate.

He questioned the ability and integrity of Cllr. Kokoyah to handle the 2017 General and Presidential and elections which, according to him, will be characterized by high tensions, in the absence of President Sirleaf. By Papa Morris from Gbarnga, Bong County – Edited by George Barpeen

 

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