By Lincoln G. Peters
Former ruling Unity Party (UP) says it has not conceded defeat in the just-held Lofa County Senatorial by-election.
“The vast majority of those that are remaining are from the Zorzor and Voinjama belt where … the Unity Party candidate’s stronghold. However, based upon that, UP is optimistic that their candidate will win the election,” said Mr. Ali told this paper Thursday, 30 June 2022.
Cllr. Joseph Jallah who is backed by the ruling Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) is leading official National Elections Commission (NEC) provision results after 83.92 percent of the votes were tallied.
UP’s candidate Kortima Galakkpai, the closest rival, obtains 33.04 percent of the votes so far.
Hours before the NEC announced the provisional results, Unity Party on Thursday, 30 June 2022 extended congratulations and appreciation to the people of Lofa for the kind and peaceful manner in which they conducted themselves in the senatorial by-election.
Through a press statement issued in Monrovia, Unity Party also vowed that it will accept the results from the by-election once found credible.
The Unity Party urged all other political parties and candidates that participated in the Lofa by-election to follow suit.
It also called on all its partisans, supporters, and well-wishers to remain calm and peaceful as they await the National Elections Commission to announce the final results.
NEC accredited six candidates who participated in the Lofa Senatorial by-election.
The other four are independent candidates Momo Cyrus obtained 4,753 votes, constituting 9.42%; Representative Mariamu Fofana obtained 5,456 votes constituting 10.82%, and Mr. George Samah obtained 1,176 votes constituting 2.33%. People’s Unification Party (PUL) candidate Mr. Sumo Kupee obtained 1,908 votes, constituting 3.78%.
The NEC said these provisional results announced covered 381 polling places of 454 polling places, constituting 83.92%.
Following the announcement of the provision results, UP Secretary-General Mohammed Ali said his party’s statement is not in any way accepting early defeat.
Instead, Mr. Ali said as a responsible institution, Unity Party is trying to tell its supporters that when you go to process, somebody has to win.
He argued that the UP’s statement was released prior to NEC announcing results, therefore, it was not in any way a congratulatory message to the CDC candidate Cllr. Jallah.
“Our profound appreciation goes out to the partisans and technical teams who are still working to ensure that the election was free and fair and the enfranchisement of the people of Lofa County was protected,” the opposition party said.