Cogent information reaching The New Dawn reveals several opposition lawmakers in the National Legislature are preparing to personally watch the poll in the rerun representative by-election in 20 polling places in Montserrado County District#15.
A source close to the opposition collaborating parties says the decision followed the controversy that marred the July 29 poll specifically between All Liberian Party (ALP) Candidate Telia Urey and ruling Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) Candidate Abu Bana Kamara.
Ms Urey herself confirmed the information Thursday, 15 August while appearing as guest on the Costa Show, a live daily broadcast in Monrovia.
She names opposition lawmakers including newly-elected Senator of Montserrado County Darius Dallion, Senator Steve Zargo of Lofa County, Representative Yekeh Kolubah of Montserrado County District#10, Senator Younblee Kangar Lawrence of Liberty Party, and Margibi County Senator Oscar Cooper, among others as those bracing to serve as poll watchers.
The pending participation of these lawmakers is to strengthen the capacity of the opposition to monitor the rerun by-election with eager eyes to avoid any foul play.
Hearing Officers of the National Elections Commission (NEC) ordered a re-run of six voting precincts (20 polling places) whose results were contested by Candidate Telia Urey following the poll in District#15.
Report says members of the opposition are prepared to leave no stone unturned during the re-run scheduled within 10 days as announced by the NEC to ensure that Ms. Urey is elected to represent the district.
In his ruling Wednesday, 14 August at the heavily guarded NEC headquarters in Monrovia, Hearing Officer Cllr. Munah Ville said Ms. Urey could not adequately provide pictorial evidences to prove beyond reasonable doubt, there were discrepancy.
The collaborating parties claimed about 15 polling places were tempered with and that observers were threw out while the counting of ballots were reportedly done by poll workers of the National Elections Commission.
But Candidate Abu Kamara of the ruling Coalition for Democratic Change through his defense council, Atty. Kunkun Yon Wleh has filed a motion against the Hearing Officer’s ruling, seeking to take the matter before the NEC board of commissioners for “better legal redress.” By Emmanuel Mondaye–Editing by Jonathan Browne