Dillon’s Lead Widens, Urey Trails Narrowly

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NEC chairman, Cllr. Jerome George Korkoya

–As NEC releases provisional results

Authorities of the National Elections Commission (NEC) on Wednesday, July 31, 2019, finally released the results(partial) gathered from the just ended senatorial and representative by-elections in Montserrado County, with Abraham Darius Dillon comfortably marching ahead of his fellow contestants, including his main opponent, Paulita C.C. Wie of the ruling Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC).

At an evening news conference held at the Commission’s headquarters in Monrovia, NEC chairman Cllr. Jerome George Korkoya, reported from the tallied provisional results that Abu Mana Kamara of the CDC has received 5,515 votes or 45.95 percent of all the votes tallied so far in Montserrado electoral District #15, while his closest rival, Telia Urey of the four collaborating political parties, received 4,540 votes or 37.89 percent.

For the House of Senate, Abraham Darius Dillon of the four opposition collaborating political parties, which include the Unity Party (UP), Alternative National Congress (ANC), Liberty Party (LP) and All Liberian Party (ALP) received 53,270 votes or 53.88 percent, while Paulita C.C. Wie of the ruling Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) obtained 36,531 votes or 36.95 percent of the total votes cast, Korkoya announced.

The Commission, according to Korkoya, recorded 263 invalid votes of the 12,265 votes tallied for Montserrado District #15 Representatives with 12,002 being valid.
As for the senatorial race, he said “the total number of votes tallied amounted to 100,519 and, of this number, 98,860 votes were valid, while 1,659 votes were invalid.”

In the wake of yesterday’s NEC pronouncement, Korkoya called on all those placing what he called “undue pressures on the Commission to announce results to stop doing so, because both the Elections Law and the Constitution guarantee the NEC 15 days as of the day an election is held to announce the results.”

He referenced Article 83C of the Constitution, which says: “The returns of elections shall be announced by the NEC within 15 days after the conduct of an election, and any concerns about the election shall be brought forward not later than seven days after the polls.

“Where has this Commission gone wrong?” he rhetorically asked, noting that elections were held barely three days prior to the release of the first provisional results.

Korkoya said consistent with transparency requirements, only representatives of the top two candidates receive copies of the tallied votes.

It can be recalled that rumors had circulated even before the counting of the ballots that Ms. Urey’s votes had been compromised in favor of the CDC. This report was not however independently verified. But Ms. Urey, speaking to the Daily Observer told this newspaper that she had filed official complaint to NEC about what she described as irregularities that occurred at three(3) polling centers.

One of such irregularities according to her was the use, by NEC polling officers, of the addendum Voters registry list, the use of which was outlawed by the Supreme Court during the 2017 elections. In another instance, Ms. Urey has claimed that her representative at one of the polling centers was detained by the Police during the initial vote count which created chances for ballot stuffing which she highly suspects was the case given the fact that she had up to that point enjoyed a considerable lead over her opponent.

But the CDC party chair, Mulbah Morlu and Montserrado County District #8 Representative Acarous Gray have since maintained that their party was in the lead in the district.

Up to press time last night, many Liberians, among them some employees of the NEC (names withheld), remained glued to allegations that Urey’s votes had been sacrificed for the CDC’s candidate, a deal which they claimed had been sealed during NEC Chairman’s alleged overnight visit to President Weah’s residence prior to the vote thus ensuring that President Weah’s vow to prevent the Urey’s from winning political office is realized

But at yesterday’s ceremony, Korkoya maintained that the process remained “free, fair and transparent void of political interference”. The final total results have however not been officially tabulated.

But political and legal observers here (names withheld) hold the view that Ms. Urey may have to rely more on garnering the bulk of the outstanding votes to ensure victory rather than having to rely on the outcome of a protest filed before the Supreme Court under the watch of a Chief Justice whose loyalty to the executive is unquestionable as was displayed during the J’aneh impeachment trial according to them.

5 COMMENTS

  1. The Chairman of The NEC needs to carefully review the complaints emanating from the District 15 polls, before any questionable results are reported. Please take note, and respect the will of the people.

  2. If the tally sheets given by NEC at the polling centers showed a different result; showed she won how will manufacture Abu’s victory?

  3. It does not come as a surprise. President Weah’s statements prior to the elections has created the drama which Liberians are now witnessing at District #15. Leaders in positions of power must be conscious of what they say always because consequently, it will come back to haunt them at some point in time. And so it is with this scenario.

    Prior to the election, President Weah has plainly stated that while he is in power, none of the Ureys will ever hold any elective position in Liberia. Moreover, he accompanied his pronouncements with feminist diatribes calling Telia, “That little girl.”

    These rabid statements certainly emboldened the president’s followers many of whom as he had previously admitted comprise the war crime participants. These are the casket-toting individuals; they are violent prone, hardcore, and will take anyone’s life just at a moment’s call by the president.

    The thinking of the public now is that the pre-election violence that was waged against Telia’s followers, was meant to deliberately cause chaos, commit mayhem, and at last spread fear and panic among her potential voters to the extent that a good number would not show-up for the fear of its lives .

    In the same token, it would allow enough time for the CDC to rig the election by infusing the ballot boxes with the much talked about and suspected counterfeit ballots that were not cleaned-out of the NEC’s voting roll even after the Supreme Court of Liberia had mandated it since 2017.

  4. Chairman Kokoya must maintain his reputation and the reputation of NEC by ensuring that results to be announced actually represents the will of the people as indicated on tabulation sheets, approved by NEC’s pools workers, signed by all representatives present at pooling stations and copies distributed to representatives of candidates across Monrovia. The hopes and aspirations of the Liberian people is that their voices must be heard through their votes and this cannot be manipulated in any shape or form, to favor any person or persons due to political or other influences.

    It must also be noted that if the numbers from all pooling stations, especially District 15 as represented on tally sheets, signed by all parties at pooling stations and copies given to representatives are manipulated and changed, the reputation of Chairman Kokoya and NEC will be in questioned and Liberians will reject and resist these results at all cost. Liberians are eagerly waiting to see if their National Elections Commission is an honest institution, especially given rumors affiliated with past electoral results manipulations.

    Chairman Kokoya must maintain the integrity of the Elections Commission for the safety and protection of the Liberian Democratic Experience. Kokoya must understand that the era of Emmett Harmon has come and gone and Liberians and the world are watching you and your fellow commissioners with eagle eyes. Your honesty and integrity are all on the line. The Ball is in your court of Integrity to Save the Nation.
    LIBERIA MUST RISE……..

  5. Let the NEC Chairman play a neutral role in the election results and give we the Liberians the desire results we are expecting.. Tally Sheets must match with the results.. Liberia is for all and we must all help to keep our peace.. Let the President stay far from this.. People are hunting his statements that ” No Urey & Dilloin ” Will win any elections as long he is President.. Please do the Liberian people Justice and let their votes count..

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