Liberia’s former Minister of State Without Portfolio, Amb. Conmany B. Wesseh, has won Liberia’s first Mid-term senatorial election in River Gee County, beating his closest rival, former soccer star Jonathan Boy Charles Sogbie by a margin of 953 votes.
The tally, according to the official website of the National Elections Commission (NEC), is the result from all 77 of the county’s polling centers.
The NEC website further shows that Amb. Wesseh, who ran on the Unity Party ticket, accrued 2,672 (26.1%), against his nearest rival Sogbie who pulled 1,719 (16.8%).
NEC put the turnout of voters in River Gee at 10,726 or 34.0% of the county’s population of 66,789, according to the 2008 House Census of the Liberia Institute of Statistics and Geo-Information Services (LISGIS).
An ecstatic wife of the Senator-elect, Madam Medina Wesseh, told our reporter yesterday that her husband will be returning to Monrovia this morning with a high-power entourage of River Gee citizens.
She said celebrations for Amb. Wesseh’s election after two previous failed attempts, kicked off in Fish Town City Monday night with the traditional slaughter of a cow. “The citizens danced late into the night and would have continued to the morning hours were it not for the curfew which starts at midnight,” said Madam Wesseh.
Amb. Wesseh who recently resigned his post in accordance with the Code of Conduct for Executive employees, will occupy the seat vacated by Senior Senator Fredrick Doe Cherue of the Unity Party who decided not to seek a second term.
Senator Cherue who befriended Legislative journalists to the extent that he was called “Senior Reporter”, was one of the brains in the Senate when it came to legal matters. He was also a strong floor fighter whose analytical ability will be missed.
Meanwhile, if NEC’s provisional results prove conclusive, the ruling party is likely to have the single largest representation in the Senate of 30 members.
Currently, there are four Senators representing UP and that number may swell to at least ten.