Gongloe-Weh: “Unresolved Fraud in Elections Is A Recipe for Chaos”

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Gongloe-Weh said it is disappointing that the case before is taking longer than expected adding that “our case is against NEC who is also the judge but again, we are hoping that they do the right thing. We believe that we have a strong case because the laws that governs the electoral body was violated.”

Nimba County Senatorial Candidate Edith Gongloe-Weh has called on authorities of the National Elections Commission (NEC) to conduct a rerun in selected localities where were fraud and irregularities were discovered during the just ended December 8, 2020, senatorial election.

Gongloe-Weh at a news conference with some women rights advocates in Monrovia yesterday, January 28, 2021, cautioned that unresolved fraud in elections is a recipe to chaos, referencing1985 presidential election as a situation that set Liberia on the path to 14 years of self-destruction leaving over 250,000 lives lost.

She said, “The right thing to do in Nimba is a rerun in selected localities where irregularities occurred. It is simple! If our opponent claims that he won fair and squarely, he should not shy away from a re-run anywhere.”

Madam Gongloe-Weh said it is disappointing that the case before the National Elections Commission Board of Commissioner is taking longer than expected, adding that “Our case is against NEC who is also the judge, but again, we are hoping that they do the right thing. We believe that we have a strong case because the laws that govern the electoral body were violated.”

“It has been more than thirty days since we filed our complaints about irregularities and fraud in the Nimba County Mid-Term Senatorial Election,” she said, adding, “Our initial complaints dated on December 13 and 14, 2020, were filed with the Upper Nimba Election Magistrate, J. Bledor Flomo in Sanniquillie City, Nimba County. Based on that complaint, the first hearing was scheduled for December 16, 2020, at which hearing our lawyers made a motion for change of venue because of threats to us.”

Gongloe-Weh accused Representative Jeremiah Koung, candidate of MDR/CDC, and his supporters of insulting her every step of the way during the campaign and after the election, but said did not deter her from fighting for her rights in the senatorial election.

She said there were threats detected when she observed that her team was being followed by an unmarked vehicle over the course of several days just before and immediately after the December 8, 2020 election.

“Our intelligence sources warned us to be careful. Based on their advice, we fled Ganta and sought refuge outside of Nimba County. It was due to our expressed fear that our lawyers requested the change of venue, which was granted by the hearing officer in Sanniquillie,” Gongloe-Weh said.

Gongloe-Weh said: “Like Madam Kanneh, we were similarly the only female candidate in the field of seven candidates. We were already following the Gbarpolu case where Madam Botoe was threatened with the country devil, beaten, and one of her female supporters reportedly sexually abused. Anyone would understand why we had to flee Nimba County following the information we received about the surveillance of our whereabouts.”

She said one important thing that former President, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf did for women in Liberia and Africa, in general, was to embolden them and gave them the courage to venture into politics and shift the troubling narratives of the continent, disclosing that “What is more troubling in the conduct of these elections in Liberia is the way state- sponsored candidates have proceeded in targeting strong female candidates to frighten us into submission. They are badgering and tormenting women so that we will abandon the political field and leave it with them.”

For us, what happened in Nimba and Gbarpolu are not isolated events. They have calculated attempts to silence the voices of women in politics and squash the hard-earned legacy of Madam Sirleaf, even while she is alive. What an affront! They have always charged that women do not support women. That story was challenged in the just-ended mid-term election in some counties. The women of Nimba and Gbarpolu Counties stood up. They voted! Their votes have been manipulated and we, on their behalf, want answers,” Gongloe-Weh said.

Gongloe-Weh Gives Reasons Why There Should Be Rerun

Giving reasons why there should be re-run in some locations, Madam Gongloe-Weh said on December 8, 2020, ballots were cast in open cartoons instead of the regularly certified and protected ballot boxes at two polling centers in Ganta. She said when they asked, the electoral supervisor admitted before the hearing officers that the ballot boxes were missing on grounds that the Ganta Police had refused to take charge of the boxes and other sensitive election materials on the eve of the election.

“As a result of the police refusal,” she said, “The boxes and sensitive materials were kept at the J.W Pearson High School without security and some boxes went missing the following morning. That was the justification provided for voting in open cartoons! Some electorate refused to vote in the open cartoon, so they left without voting.”

Gongloe-Weh also said when the tally was being done in Sanniquellie, her team observed that her votes were reduced at two polling centers which were quickly complained that led the magistrate to order election workers to take down results placed on the wall after counting.

“The Magistrate also refused to allow our observers to get copies of the tallied sheet sent to Monrovia. We filed our complaint to the very magistrate who gave us the complaint form based on our verbal complaint,” she said.

Reacting to Gongloe-Weh’s accusation shortly after the press statement, Representative Jeremiah Koung said the election in Nimba was free, fair and transparent, adding that all candidates had the opportunity to make their cases to the people of Nimba County and he was successfully elected as the Senator.  

He said since Gongloe-Weh presented her case to NEC, she has not been able to prove or provide pieces of evidence of some frauds she alleges occurred during the elections, stressing that “All the witnesses she brought testify on the basis of ‘hearsay’ and people do not win an election on sympathy.”

Koung said Gongloe-Weh is seeking women’s rights interventions because she has sensed her defeat, boasting that “Even those tally sheets of upper Nimba are available, we got a copy and they do not even a have copy available to them; that is to tell you how all their saying is based on sentiments and buying sympathy from the public.”

He said if anyone was insulted during the election, he was the one, adding “Everything I say is just in response to what Edith had told me. I have three girls that I cherished very much. Besides, my mother did not go to school but she listens to what have been said on the radio.”

Koung said, “On the 8th of December at 10 P.M. Madam Gongloe-Weh and her supporters took to the street jubilating that she has won the election, but when the result came from the other side of the county, she started complaining of cheating.”

10 COMMENTS

  1. Edith, do not try to equate our people rejecting you with whatever happened in Gbarpolu. Our people rejected you because you are are incompetent, heartless, and corrupt! Your crocodile tears about you were the only female will not help you in your greed to be Senator when you are incompetent and corrupt!

    Ellen appointed you as Superintendent you used your position to have the company furnish your house. When you were leaving, you took away everything out of the house to your private home.

    You stole the county development funds and many other reckless and and lawless behavior of yours were seen by our people. And you expect them to vote you in as Senator simply on the basis of you been a woman?

    You better go and engage in farming, since for most of you without government job you cannot live properly. Look how you instructed your supporters to brutalize Taa Wongbe. And then you want to be Senator. You have lost! GO AND MAKE FARM!

    • Greetings, Kou!

      It’s been a while. I like to always hear from you.
      Just to extend my love (not carnal), respect and care to you. Hope you are doing great out there!
      Go slow with your sister, Kou!

    • Madam wanabe senator who as former Superintendent stole money and stole furnitures from the GOVERNMENT HOUSE, we now know that you people in that thing you all named Liberty Party is just a criminal gang. So, just go back home and find job with Mittal or as someone said here, you can go and become a farmer. Or go and join Musa Bility in his criminal activities since you people sold your party to him. You are worse than Donald Trump who also stupidly believe he could overturn election, just as you are behaving as some crazy woman thinking you can overturn election results by LYING.

      Liberia: Senator Darius Dillon the game is up

      By Alfred P. B. Kiadii Last updated Jan 29, 2021

      Darius Dillon took to Facebook to double down on his support for Musa Bility, the new chairperson of the Liberty Party. Despite claiming to be the self-styled ‘light’ at the legislature who is all for propriety in public service, Dillon enthusiastically defended his friend as he gyrated between throwing in biblical exegesis to suit his absurd special pleading while supplying arrogant defense to shut down dissent. His latest action, if it is any meter to measure his sincerity, shows he gives his friends a free pass on corruption while scolding the regime. Dillon is getting politically dangerous. All his self-righteous bluster about getting rid of graft, abuse, and waste in public service is buried under an abhorrent contempt for scrutiny of himself and people who are in his circle.

      But that’s vintage Dillon. Condemn lawmakers for using expensive cars and take one as soon as he becomes a senator. Scream to high heaven that the Liberian economy is in the ‘toilet’ but accept a whopping 18,000 US for extra sitting fee and agricultural break. Shout that the regime is corrupt but genuflects on his knees to Albert Chie for handouts. Argue that the CDC officials are arrogant and do the same when his support for his friend is questioned. Claim to be ‘the light’ by using high-sounding slogans and displaying empty spectacles, but repeat the same attitude of those you lampooned. I know the CDC regime is a mess, but Darius Dillon is not the solution.

      I have never thought that the social degenerate Darius Dillon had any progressive bone in him, not least because of his phony credentials. Nobody who bastardized education, aligned himself with Robert Sirleaf, wined and dined by Ellen while masquerading as an opposition figure, forged his documents to attend a training for Liberian legislative staff with undergraduate credentials can proudly hold the progressive mantle. Nobody who cuts his teeth in the Masonic Craft, who has outrageous social taste, tossed an educational opportunity out the window and dropped out of school simply because he never had the Spartan discipline to face academic rigors can claim progressive proclivities. It is against this background that I don’t take serious Dillon laying claim to being a breath of fresh air at the legislature. He spewing out rhetorical flourishes complete with grandstanding is just a stratagem to get a seat in the dining hall of avarice and plunder.

      But we must analyze the emergence of Dillon as a political force in the homeland through the prism of the constraints and limitations of the current conjuncture—a period when mediocrity is the distinguishing feature of the country. First, one can credit his rise to political stardom to the degeneration of the CDC regime. Second, the desperation of the popular masses for any alternative because of the nightmarish conditions the CDC immersed them in. It is because of these social realities that the people were willing to accept anybody from the mainstream opposition who pretends to be a genuine alternative against the political farce. It is in this context of the failure of the regime and the absence of a genuine alternative that Dillon preyed on the fascination and gullibility of the people to propel himself to power. His wishy-washy and nebulous points — shallow on all fronts, lacking nuance, and completely elementary—find a resonance with the desperate people. Hence Dillon became the stopgap to slow down the hemorrhaging.

      Since he became senator, Dillon has been promoting himself as the anti-corruption tsar—performing actions awash with political theatre and pathetic posturing—the preserve of liberal opportunists who cannot deal with structural issues that paralyze society. He fancies himself a pious character among the rotten forces at the legislature. So he declares his assets, which raises suspicion about illegal accumulation and shows how the legislature is a scandalous drain on the resources of the country. You are a mental case if you see nothing inappropriate with Dillon’s account jumping from 3.50 cents to over 24k per annum in a country where the average citizens struggle to buy a cup of rice. I did not overestimate Dillon. Neither did I have illusions in him. I know too well a man whose godfather is T. C. Gould, who served as chief of Office Staff for one of the marauding scoundrels in Edwin Snowe–politics can never be emancipatory.

      All that we know, but his latest menacing gambit to defend the swindler Musa H. Bility with pugnacious arrogance is on a whole new level of deception and unacceptability and has reached a seminal moment. Something tells me Dillon is full of himself and inflates his intelligence. Where does he think he is going with this toxic defense of Bility? Like the catholic priests before the Reformation who doled out pardons to sinners, he has appointed himself the chief moral arbiter, offering pardons and arguing that reprobate characters who have plundered national resources and achieved global notoriety for corruption have undergone a Damascene conversion. However, the difference here is that those priests of yore can claim to have ecclesiastical credentials, but the only discernible skill of Dillon is that he served as an office boy.

      The charlatan Musa Bility is having no Paul moment. He is corrupt like Weah. Terrible like McGill and belongs to jail like Samuel Tweah. The idea that everyone in the opposition is righteous and the CDC forces are the only corrupt elements in our society is at worse sacrilegious and at best the height of folly. Musa Bility exploited his connections with the erstwhile UP government to plunder and accumulate. He also took it to the international arena by transferring 600,000 USD FIFA gave to the Liberia Football Association to help in the fight against EBOLA. Over the pile of dead bodies from EBOLA, Musa transferred all the money into the account of his wife to purchase a house in the USA.

      Musa Bility will go down in history as a man who battered Liberia’s image in the global footballing fraternity and who used his connections in the erstwhile regime to advance corruption, plunder, abuse, and suck the republic dry of vitality. He belongs to that section of society that uses the state as a terrain for indecent accumulation and has no national consciousness. We will also remember him as a con artist who left the LFA empty of decency, respect, and character. People like him, including his despicable defenders, belong in the ninth circle of Dante’s nine circles of hell, as was beautifully described in the ‘The Devine Comedy.’

      Meanwhile, just as the nonsense argument nobody is perfect belongs in the trashcan, that is how the from Saul to Paul argument belongs to the historical dustbin. Dillon must clean his backside with that argument rather than polluting public discourse with it. What Dillon does not want to say is that he and Nyonblee Karnga have allied with members of the wretched cabal of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf—Amara Konneh, James Kollie, Sebastian Muah. These are the forces that bankrolled his two election campaigns, including Nyonblee’s. They are using Musa Bility as a Trojan horse to enter the Liberty Party, which they would use as the front to reinvent themselves politically after a political car crash relationship with the CDC regime.

      2023 is around the corner. Ellen Johnson is deftly shuffling her cards. Her agenda is to use intrigues to maintain her stranglehold on the commanding heights of the economy: she plays Boakai against Cummings, tosses Amara to the Liberty Party, tells Weah to accept opposition wins of certain seats in 2020 to have a pretext to rig the process in 2023. This old lady, a slave to personal interest, is a ruining nightmare for Liberia. But Dillon has no problem with her and her rogues, including Musa Bility, once they would use their stolen wealth to fund his political activities. He is ready to play games. That says much about Dillon and his claim to have broken with the prevailing political orthodoxy in the country.

      The greater point worth stressing is that the degeneration of the CDC regime and the bankruptcy of the CPP revealed there is something rotten at the heart of the political system in Liberia. The rot in these two political formations, which is becoming more lucid and metastasizing leaves one to conclude that the CPP and CDC formations are unfit for purpose. Every political formation promotes a policy prospectus that suits its social base. What is the policy prospectus that the CPP is pushing to ease the suffering of the oppressed masses in Liberia? The CDC and CPP are aligned to economic structural adjustments and are righteous believers in the neoliberal prescriptions. Boakai, Urey, Cummings, Nyonblee, and Weah agree on everything from the World Bank to the IMF to the WTO. Thus this poses a curious but farsighted question. What alternative is there to the CDC/CPP duopoly?

      Just as it is insanely naïve to promote a politician for political power based on his footballing record, it is equally ridiculous to argue that we must give an old man political power because he comes from humble beginnings or because he is a Coca-Cola man. Who in Liberia does not come from humble beginnings in a society where poverty is endemic? If business savvy is the gauge to conclude one is a good leader, then Trump would score A. The selling point of a candidate in 2023 cannot be about humble beginnings. It is about one’s idea for transformation, struggle credentials, and whether such person can ignite radical transformation and got the passion. Only the emergence of a left-wing third force in Liberia can stop the national bleeding. Together, we must refuse to allow rotten stenographers of the two formations (CDC and CPP) in the media to circumscribe the debate about the 2023 electoral process to only the CDC and CPP—two grotesque sides of the same coin. The hidden agenda of most of these media institutions is to gaslight the working masses and popular forces into voting against their material interests. Our task is to struggle against that and present a progressive alternative to the people.

    • Former Superintendent Edith Gongloe Weh, please don’t kill me yah with your hilarious threat that “Unresolved Fraud in Elections Is A Recipe for Chaos”.

      So what will you do when the verdict of your defeat has been handed down in that aspect of the electoral electoral bonanza? Are you a believer in the Donald Trump’s technique of unconstitutionally overturning election results?

      Or are you plotting to mobilize your supporters for a mini gorilla warfare with mercenaries penetrating through Butuo because “Edith Gongloe Weh has been deprived her birth right of becoming Senator of Nimba“?

      Well, BESIDES ECOMOG MILLION BOOTS which scarred Yahyah Jameh away, its so good the Professor of butuosm is right there in that part of the country, and is the political godfather of that region on the patriotic alert to nib in the bud any such insurrection.

  2. or bribery & corruption

    Liberia’s renowned lawyer and senator, Harry Varney Gboto-Nambi Sherman may not be a happy man, as the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) sanctions him for corruption and bribery, blocking his assets.

    In a report issued Wednesday, 10 December in Washington, marking observance of International Anti-Corruption Day, the OFAC notes that Senator Sherman, who chairs the Liberian Senate Judiciary Committee, offered bribes to multiple judges associated with his trial for a 2010 bribery scheme, and he had an undisclosed conflict of interest with the judge who ultimately returned a not guilty verdict in July 2019.

    “Sherman has routinely paid judges to decide cases in his favor, and he has allegedly facilitated payments to Liberian politicians to support impeachment of a judge who has ruled against him”, the report notes.

    It continues that in the 2010 scheme that led to this trial, Senator Sherman was hired by a British mining company in an effort to obtain one of Liberia’s last remaining mining assets, the Wologizi iron ore concession during which he advised the company that, in order to obtain the contract, they first had to get Liberia’s procurement and concessions law changed by bribing senior officials.

    The report also documents that in 2016, Sherman was indicted by the Liberian government, along with several other government officials, for their involvement in the USD 950,000 bribery scheme, and that three years later in 2019, the presiding judge acquitted all individuals accused of being involved in the bribery scheme, noting that Sherman’s acts of bribery demonstrate a larger pattern of behavior to exercise influence over the Liberian judiciary and the Ministry of Justice.

    “Sherman is designated for being a foreign person who is a current or former government official responsible for or complicit in, or directly or indirectly engaged in, corruption, including the misappropriation of state assets, the expropriation of private assets for personal gain, corruption related to government contracts or the extraction of natural resources, or bribery.”

    The report on Senator Sherman is part of a wider action taken by against several corrupt individuals in Africa and Asia, respectively with serious consequences for their activities.

    The Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control is targeting corrupt actors and their networks across several countries in Africa and Asia. It says Wednesday’s actions are taken pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 13818, which builds upon and implements the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act that targets perpetrators of corruption and serious human rights abuse.

    “On International Anti-Corruption Day, Treasury remains fully committed to imposing costs on those who facilitate corruption at the expense of the people,” said Deputy Secretary Justin G. Muzinich.

    “To raise public awareness for anti-corruption initiatives, International Anti-Corruption Day has been observed annually on December 9 since the United Nations General Assembly adopted the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC) on October 31, 2003. There are currently 187 States parties to the UNCAC. In addition to sending a message against corrupt behavior, Treasury uses its tools to increase transparency, accountability, and the rule of law. With these designations, Treasury encourages all governments to implement anti-money laundering reforms to address corruption vulnerabilities.”

    SANCTIONS IMPLICATIONS
    It says as a result of Wednesday’s action, all property and interests in property of persons involved, including Senator Sherman that are in the United States or in the possession or control of U.S. persons are blocked and must be reported to OFAC. Besides, any entities that are owned, directly or indirectly, 50 percent or more by one or more blocked persons are also blocked.

    “Unless authorized by a general or specific license issued by OFAC, or otherwise exempt, OFAC’s regulations generally prohibit all transactions by U.S. persons or within (or transiting) the United States that involve any property or interests in property of designated or otherwise blocked persons. The prohibitions include the making of any contribution or provision of funds, goods, or services by, to, or for the benefit of any blocked person or the receipt of any contribution or provision of funds, goods, or services from any such person.”

    UN Secretary-GeneralAntónioGuterres, in a statement Wednesday, lamented that corruption drains resources from people who need them, undermines trust in institutions, exacerbates the vast inequalities exposed by the coronavirus, and hinders a strong recovery, saying, “We cannot allow stimulus funds and vital emergency resources to be diverted.”

    Mr. Guterres says recovery from the pandemic must include measures to prevent and combat corruption and bribery. “We need broad partnerships to strengthen oversight, accountability and transparency, building on the global anti-corruption tools provided by the United Nations Conventions against Corruption.”

    He says action against corruption should be part of broader national and international reforms and initiatives to strengthen good governance, tackle illicit financial flows and tax havens, and return stolen assets, in line with the Sustainable Development Goals, and emphasizes, “We must take the opportunity for ambitious reforms and initiatives at the first-ever General Assembly special session against corruption next year.”

    Senator Sherman has not commented officially on the report that has dragged his public image and reputation into the mud. Story by Jonathan Browne

  3. Maman Gongloe-Weh,

    Accept defeat and let’s move on!
    There are elections coming up in 2023. You lost the gone senatorial election when the CPP primary became a fiasco.
    You should have conformed to a fair democratic process to win so that you can campaign hand-in-hand with Taa Wongbe. It could have been beautiful to witness your landslide victory.

    Statistically, there is NO way you could have won the gone senatorial election with Taa in the race.
    Leave your own to God, Ma’am!

  4. There is no similarities between Nimba and Gbarpolu Counties. Were you ever stopped or harassed by a traditional male societal masked dancer (devil) during your campaign in Nimba County? Were any of your staff members kidnapped? Were you and your campaign staff physically attacked or chased out of any town in Nimba County? Do you really believe that there may be a war in Liberia because you lost the election? Madame, please rest your case because the world is watching!

  5. Edith Weh, Nimba County has spoken! They have said that they do not want you as senator. The fact that corrupt Ellen dashed you that Superintendent job because you helped her win votes in Nimba, does not mean you were destined to be senator for Nimba.

    While as Superintendent, you placed yourself on record to be very corrupt. You went into the stealing of county development funds and was indicted by the GAC. The very voters in Nimba saw you stealing household materials from the COUNTY HOUSE (the superintendent’s residence).This was very disgraceful on your part Edith Weh.

    Please, this time around, try to demonstrate some amount of decency and unconditionally accept the voice of the Nimba people which is that they do not want you anymore. For as a Superintendent, you stole from them.

    And so as a senator, they would not have to be told that you would go there to serve your selfish material desires, and insatiable appetites, while remaining vain and corrupt.

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