The long awaited process of Kongba District presenting a single front in the 2017 election in District #3, Gbarpolu County, finally came to an end on Sunday, May 1 when the citizens elected one candidate, Joseph M. Matthews Jr., to represent the district.
Citizens of the district went through an electoral process and elected the candidate, who will contest the district’s single seat for the upcoming 2017 presidential and legislative elections.
The election, according to a statement was carried out through an Electoral College, where each of the four clans in the district selected five delegates.
The delegates also went through a vetting committee of nine members, with the four candidates bringing the total registered voters to 33.
The release said the other two candidates, Desmond A.T. Boima and Jackson Blama, pledged their support to the candidacy of Joseph M. Matthews Jr.
For his part, former Representative Steven Gbonojever Quiah took up the challenge to contest, but was defeated by Matthews 25 to 4 votes, with two invalid votes and two abstentions.
Mr. Matthews, in his acceptance speech, promised to live up to the confidence the people have reposed in him. Matthews said he will set a precedence that would uplift the district in the form of development programs.
Highlighting some of his plans for the people, Mr. Matthews said he will open a loan scheme for market women in the district and one for teachers assigned in the district.
He said the process is not aimed at attacking personalities, but is rather meant to engage the core issues that residents of the district are currently faced with.
Meanwhile, there will be a formal program this coming Sunday to certificate Mr. Matthews as winner of the vetting process and to also discuss when to take him to the district and introduce him to the residents.
District #3, Gbarpolu County, is currently represented by Representative Getrude T. Lamin.