Citizens of Bong County last weekend overwhelmingly supported the candidacy of Mr. James Y. Gbarbea, Jr., a geologist, in a special selection assembly organized by SASAFU Inc.
The “selection” of Mr. Gbarbea, took place in Fuamah, Salala and Sanoyea Districts in Lower Bong County from April 23rd to 26th.
The exercise brought together thousands of Bong citizens and residents who converged at each of the three districts’ headquarters and gave those participating the opportunity to identify one choice for the mid-term October 2014 senatorial election.
Speaking to citizens, delegates, and the press in Sanoyea Town at the conclusion of the assembly, Mr. John K. Sackie, chairman of SASAFU’s selection committee, Mr. James Y. Gbarbea had an aggregate of two hundred and fifteen (215) votes out of three hundred and forty-six (346) valid votes. He was followed by Mr. Joseph O. Clinton with 64 votes, Mr. Mannis B. Howard with 29 votes; Mr. Andrew S. Allakamenin had 21 votes, and Mr. Martin F. Kerkula had 17.
He said, “We are pleased to inform you officially that you are the winner of the entire exercise according to results tabulated by the commission’s secretariat. 450 delegates were targeted to vote; 346 delegates voted. Out of which, 131 votes were divided amidst the four candidates; while 104 votes were abstained and invalid, thus making you the winner with 215 valid votes.”
Mr. Gbarbea told citizens of Bong County that he would not allow anyone to cheat Lower Bong County and vowed to fulfill that promise.
The people of Lower Bong County, having suffered many years of political, economic and developmental marginalization, culminated with deep-seated division among the indigenous people, decided to unify themselves under the banner of Salala, Sanoyea, and Fuamah districts development Solidarity, (SASAFU) Inc. to address those problems.