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Staff demands late Rep. Gwion’s NEC certificate 

A staff of deceased Grand Gedeh County Electoral District #1 Rep. Erol Madison Gwion, Sr., has questioned the National Elections Commission (NEC) about why it did not print the NEC Certificate for the deceased’s election victory.

Rep. Gwion was re-elected in the 10 October 2023 presidential and legislative elections, but he died before the NEC certified elected lawmakers on 8 December.

Mr. Justice Randall Clarke, Chief of Office Staff of the deceased Representative, appeared to be frustrated over the idea that the Commission allegedly fell short of even acknowledging his boss during the certification of elected lawmakers.

“I kindly seek clarification from your Office as to why your Institution, meaning the NEC, did not print the NEC Certificate for Honorable Erol Madison Gwion,” Mr. Clarke wrote.

He also raised issued with the NEC for allegedly declining to reflect the late Gwion’s name on record on the program order as the victor of the election in District #1, Grand Gedeh County during the 8 December certification ceremony for election winners.

In a communication dated 12 December 2023 and addressed to NEC Chairperson Madam Davidetta Browne Lansanah, Mr. Clarke claimed that an NEC source had hinted a local daily here that a winner’s certificate for Rep. Gwion was not printed because he had died.

But Clarke argued that precedence in such a case has yet to be made known.

Widely known among his followers for being verbose on important county and national issues, the late Gwion entered the House of Representatives in 2021 after winning the by-election in November of that year.

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He was re-elected in the 2023 election with a total of 8,651 votes, constituting 61.39 percent as the incumbent. 

But Liberians woke up on the morning of Monday, 4 December 2023 to the news of his death, roughly four days to his certification ceremony.

Gwion’s staff laments that the NEC failed to print the late Representative’s election credentials notwithstanding.

Meanwhile, Clarke said the late Gwion’s office, family members, and supporters became more apprehensive having understood that their loved one’s name was not mentioned in any document including the program sheet of the certification program.

He noted that it was only Deputy House Speaker J. Fonati Koffa who referenced the deceased’s untimely demise and requested a moment of silence.

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  1. The chief of office staff of the late representative elect of district 1 Grand Gedeh county Madison Gawion has a point but I think it is unnecessary for NEC printing certificate for the decease knowing clearly that he’s no more.
    Giving the late Gawion credit for his victory by the NEC on that important occasion was very necessary

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