In an unprecedented move, over 1,250 motorcyclists under the banner, the United Motorcyclists of Montserrado County District #13 over the weekend endorsed the independent candidature of Edward Papay Flomo, alias Color Green, for Representative in the November 20’s by-election.
The United Motorcyclists of Montserrado County District #13 are from six parking lots in 38 communities; namely: Jamaica Road Junction, Battery Factory Junction, Topoe’s Village Junction, Chocolate City Junction, New Georgia Junction and the St. Michael Junction.
In a statement, the motorcyclists promised to work to ensure that Flomo is elected as the next Representative of the district to succeed Senator Saah Hardy Joseph, who won the recent by-election for Montserrado County, succeeding George M. Weah, who became President of Liberia.
“We the leaders, having listened to almost all the representative hopefuls (including the Representative hopeful of the Coalition of Democratic Change John Weah), we now therefore as groups, leaders and members of the six parking lots in the district under the banner Motorcyclists of District #13, unanimously endorse and support the candidacy of Edward P. Flomo, commonly called Color Green, as Representative of District #13 Montserrado County,” Gabriel L. Wennie said.
Wennie is the district national chairman. He added: “Mr. Flomo, we the members and leaders of the United Motorcyclists of Montserrado County District #13 of six parking lots…, having seen the need and have realized that it is incumbent upon every citizen of the district or county, who has [reached] the age of 18 years and above and have duly registered to vote, to go to the poll to elect their leaders, we will vote you to champion our development agenda and protection.”
The endorsement was signed by six officials representing the six parking lots.
Mr. Flomo, 37, a graduate of the Lincoln College of Professional Studies, where he obtained an Associate Degree in Business Management is chief executive officer of the Family Choice Business and an importer of building materials, rice and other basic commodities.
Thanking the motorcyclists for the endorsement, he said he is confident of being elected.
“Vote for the second person on the ballot paper. Tell your family, friends and everyone you know that ‘#2’ is the right choice,” Flomo said. “Education, youth empowerment, women empowerment, humanity, business and development are my six pillars.”
Meanwhile, the National Election Commission (NEC) said the campaign period commenced from October 17, 2018 and ends at midnight on Sunday, November 18, 2018. Candidates are advised to go about their campaign in a peaceful manner void of violence and in keeping with the laws of Liberia and more specifically those controlling the electoral process.
NEC Co-chair, Cllr. Sarah Toe, announced that NEC has recruited a total of 36 Civic Educators and Gender Mobilizers for the two elections. Training for these civic educators and gender mobilizers will begin on October 18 and deployment will commence on October 20, 2018.
In addition to the by-election in Montserrado County District #13, there will also be another in Sinoe County, because of the appointment Senator Joseph Nagbe of Sinoe County to the Supreme Court Bench. The expected Representative-elect will serve the remaining five years (2019 – 2023); while the Senator-elect will serve the remaining one-year-and-the-half (2019 – 2020).