Harper – Even though the suddenness of defeat and loss in election has an abrupt and direct impact on any politician, defeated incumbent Senator John A. Ballout, Sr., was, however, compelled by courage to formally hail his rival, Mr. J. Gbleh-bo Brown, for emerging victorious in Maryland County.
Yesterday the outgoing Unity Party (UP) Senator, in spite of the ground rules against the deadly Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) of not to come in close physical contact with another person, congratulated Mr. Brown through hugs and handshakes, expressing his thanks and appreciation to the former superintendent for winning the elections, following completion of the provisional results in the county, reports say.
According to the National Election Commission (NEC) 13, 341 votes have been obtained, representing 79.0% of the total votes of 113 of 143 polling places. With Representative Bhofal Chambers of the Congress of Democratic Change (CDC) in the lead with 4,798 votes, unconfirmed provisional results depicted that Mr. Brown, who is the closest, has won.
Reports stated that the attitude of the outgoing Senator, who by his gesture exhibited the saying of Sir Robert Green Ingersoll, which says “The greatest test of courage on earth is to bear defeat without losing heart,” shows his maturity in politics.
However, Senator Ballout, arch rival Dr. Chambers and others are yet to accept defeat until the final whistle is blown.