The National Elections Commission or NEC has released the first provisional results of the December 20, 2014 Special Senatorial Election.
Speaking in news conference at the headquarters of the commission Monday, 22 December Chairman Jerome George Korkoya said, as part of the transparent nature of the electoral process, immediately following the close of the polls, the reconciliation, sorting and counting of votes commenced at all polling places across the country.
He narrated that following the counting process; the original copy of the election results from each polling place was placed in a tamper evident envelope and taken to the magisterial tally center in each of the 15 counties for processing.
Chairman Korkoya said the second copy was sealed and placed in the ballot box while the third and fourth copies were distributed to representatives of the first and second winners at each polling center. He added that the fifth copy is then placed on the wall at the center for public viewing.
“We are pleased to report that the tallying of election results commenced throughout the country early Sunday morning at the various magisterial tally centres in the presence of both local and international observer groups, the media, as well as party and candidates agents. I wish to inform you that because the Special Senatorial Election is a single election, the tally process is also proceeding much faster,” he said at the much delayed conference on Monday evening in Monrovia.
Korkoya said that out of the 4,701 polling places in the country, 1,636 polling places have reported, with 183,052 votes already counted and tallied. He noted that the recorded voter turnout for polling places reporting amounts to 27.9 percent.
Releasing the results, Chairman Korkoya said Bomi County Senator Lansanah, Lahai of the National Patriotic Party or NPP earned 1,137 votes while Nyei, Abraham of the Liberia Transformation Party or LTP received 1,990 votes; for Bong County, incumbent Senior Senator Madam Jewel Howard Taylor of the NPP is in the lead with 7,901 votes followed by Franklin Obed Siakor of the Liberty Party, 8,048 votes.
In Gbarpolu County, Gertrude Tene Lamin of the ruling Unity Party, 1,009 votes closely followed by Naatehn, Sr. Daniel Flomo of the Alternative National Congress or ANC 1,690 votes.
Grand Bassa County incumbent Senator and Senate Pro-Tempore of the Liberian Senate Gbehzohngar Milton Findley, is trailing with 6,656 votes behind Independent Candidate, Jonathan Lambort Kaipay of the Liberty Party, who has to his credit, 10,360 votes.
In Grand Cape Mount County, the National Chairman of the ruling Unity Party, Cllr. Varney Sherman obtained 1,281 votes followed by Dr. Folley Kromah of the Congress for Democratic Change or CDC, 315 votes.
Congress for Democratic Change candidate Marshall Dennis leads Grand Gedeh County with 2,623 votes, while Dr. George Saigbe Boley, Sr. of the People United Party received 1,860 votes.
In Grand Kru County, Independent Candidate Albert Tugbe Chie, leads with 5,430 votes followed by Rosalind Sneh of the Unity Party, 1,778 votes.
Lofa County: Joseph Kpator Jallah of the Alliance for Peace Democracy or APD, 6,837 votes and Stephen J.H. Zargo of the Liberty Party, 6,663 votes.
Margibi County – Ansu Dao Sonii of the CDC, 2,606 votes and Abraham Tengbeh of the Movement for Progressive Change or MPC, 2,283 votes.
In Maryland County, incumbent Representative Dr. Bhofal Chambers of the CDC, 4,798 votes and Roosevelt Kla-fleh of the Liberty Party, 1,538 votes.
Here in Montserrado County, CDC political leader Ambassador George Weah, obtained 8,913 votes, while Robert Alvin Sirleaf, independent Candidate gathered 1,247 votes.
Nimba County strongman incumbent Senior Senator Prince Y. Johnson, who contested as an Independent Candidate, earned 17,076 votes followed by Yamie Gbeisay of the CDC, 2,953 votes.
For River Gee County, candidate Andrew Nyenpan, Independent, earned 1,719 votes, while Commany Wesseh of the Unity Party receives 2,672 votes and in Sinoe County, former Superintendent J. Milton Teahjay of the Unity Party earned 3,773 votes followed by incumbent Senator Mobutu Nyenpan, 2,863 votes.
Meanwhile, the NEC is expected to announce more provisional results on Wednesday.