13 of the 15 Counties Have Representatives Running for Senate

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NEC headquarters in Monrovia

With 71 days to go to the holding of the 2020 Special Senatorial Election (SSE) on Tuesday, December 8, the National Elections Commission (NEC) has provisionally certified 118 candidates to contest the 15 Seats in the Upper House.

The Nomination Process for the SSE ran from Tuesday, September 1, 2020, to Monday, September 21, 2020, at 5:00 PM. The Process was held in the James Fromayan Hall, NEC’s Headquarters in Monrovia.

According to NEC provisional listing, Lofa has the highest number of candidates, 11; followed by Grand Cape Mount and Montserrado counties with 10 candidates each. 

Gbarpolu, Grand Gedeh, Grand Kru, and River cess recorded nine (9) candidates each, while Bong, Grand Bassa, and Maryland are eight (8) each. Margibi and Nimba counties have seven (7) provisional Senatorial candidates; Bomi has five (5) and Rivercess and Sinoe have four (4) each.

Of the 15 incumbents Senator, only Grand Gedeh County Senator Alphonso G. Gaye isn’t seeking reelection. It may be recalled that in early January 2020, Sen. Gaye exclusively told the Daily Observer that he would not seek reelection but will retire as a farmer, giving other Grand Gedeans the chance to showcase their potentials at the level of the Senate.

Senators who are seeking reelection are Sando D. Johnson (Bomi, CPP), Henry Yallah (Bong, CDC), Armah Jallah (Gbarpolu, PUP), Nyonblee Karnga-Lawrence (Grand Bassa, CPP), Peter Coleman (Grand Kru, CDC), George Tengbe, CDC), and Oscar Copper (Margibi, Independent).

Others include Senators Dan Morais (Maryland, Independent), Thomas Grupee (Nimba, MPC), Matthew Jaye (River Gee, Independent), Dallas Gweh (Rivercess, CDC), Augustine Chea (Sinoe, CDC), Darius Dillon (Montserrado, CPP) and Victor Watson (Grand Cape Mount, CDC).
Senators Dillon of Montserrado and Sen. Watson of Grand Cape Mount were the only two candidates that were elected in by-elections in 2019. However, according to the NEC provisional list, 17 sitting Representatives (Lower House) are contesting the Special Senatorial Elections.

Only sitting Representatives from Rivercess and Sinoe Counties are not contesting, while sitting Representatives from the remaining 13 counties have declared their candidacies for the Upper House.

The sitting Representatives who are seeking nine-year Senatorial terms include, Edwin Snowe, Jr (Bomi, Independent), Prince Moye (Bong County, CPP), Alfred Koiwood (Gbarpolu, CDC), Vincent Willie (Grand Bassa, Independent), Emerson Kamara (Grand Cape Mount, PUP), George Boley (UPP) and Zoe Pennue (CDC) both for Grand Gedeh.

Others are Representatives Nathaniel Barwah (Grand Kru, LINU), Mariamu Fofanah (ALCOP) and Julie Wiah (Independent) both for Lofa; Ben Fofanah (CPP) and Ivar Jones (CDC) both from Margibi; Isaac Roland (Maryland, PUP), Thomas P. Fallah (Montserrado, CDC), Jeremiah Koung (Nimba, MDR) and Francis Younge (River Gee, Independent).

Accordingly, nominated applicants appeared in person during the Nomination period, at the nomination center and complied with the NEC nomination procedures. 

Applicants, whether nominated by a political party, coalition or alliance or independently, must meet eligibility requirements such as: present proof of his/her Liberian citizenship; be not less than the age of thirty (30) years; be domiciled in the County in which he/she wishes to contest for not less than one (1) year prior to the election; and be a taxpayer in good standing.

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  • I am a Liberian journalist, born November 7 and hailed from the Southeast and of the kru tribe. I began contributing to the Daily Observer 2008 and was fully employed in 2012. I am the 3rd of eight children and named after my great grandfather. Am happily married with three children (girls). I am a full member of the Press Union of Liberia (PUL) and also the Sports Writers Association of Liberia (SWAL) and the Legislative Press Pool (LEGISPOL). I can be contacted through email: [email protected] or cell number/WhatsApp: (+231) 0886585875 or Facebook.

2 COMMENTS

  1. This is complete nonsense for these leeches to be imposing more financial burden on an already cashstrapped country, with these cash-induced ambitions on steroid. This is like having your cake and eating it at the same time.

    Unless there is a law curtailing or discouraging this sort of self-seeking madness, representatives will always want to “try their luck,” by opting for these senate seats in by-elections and essentially because they have nothing to lose. After all when they fail in those bids, they have the luxury of retaining their representative seats. Ain’t that something?

    I bet you, if it were required for representatives to relinquish their current seats before contesting for a senate seat, not one of these useless representatives would be taking those “leaps of faith.”

    Is it even not an insult to the constituents that elected them, for these good-for-nothing representatives who cannot show any achievements in their current capacities to want promotion on the job? The self-deluded response they will throw at peopole who question that lunacy is, “In want of a greater platform to serve my people.” Nigger, what have you done for your people as a representative before wanting a raise in status and salary?

    The simple remedy to that madness is requiring incumbents to resign their current representative seats before pursuing their dreams as senators. Let us do just that and that foolishness will stop immediately.

    When you consider the fact that we will have to hold another set of elections, begging donors for money for that purpose to replace all the representatives that will win their bids as senators, doesn’t that make us look stupid and unimaginative? Knowing we create these conditions for ourselves and then begin to cry for help? Only people with one brain cell should be that moronic. SMFH!

  2. This is nothing but sheer greediness on the part of these sitting representatives who are running for the senate; and with this arrangement, Liberia is going nowhere.
    I think there should be a law wherein any sitting representative who’s aspiring for another political office MUST first resign their current position. Then they can run for whatever office they want. The world is going ahead while we’re taking giant steps backwards everyday.

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