Jeremiah Koung, former Nimba County Electoral District #1 Representative who was recently declared winner in the December 8, 2020 senatorial election by the Supreme Court has finally been certificated to occupy Nimba’s second seat in the Senate.
The National Elections Commission (NEC) certificated him yesterday, April 13, 2021.
He is a ranking member of the Movement for Democracy and Reconstruction (MDR) of Senator Prince Johnson. MDR is also a supporter of the ruling Coalition for Democratic Change.
Presenting the election certificate, the acting Chairperson of NEC, Cllr. P. Teplah Reeves said, “While we celebrate the end of a process and the determination made by the Liberian people as to who represents them in the Liberian Senate, the Commission assures all Liberians of its Constitutional mandate and commitment to conduct free, fair, credible and transparent elections throughout the Country.”
As in the case of her boss, Davidetta Browne Lansanah who is currently in Benin on a peer support mission alongside other national election chairpersons in Benin, Cllr. Reeves reminded Liberians that election is everybody’s business and it is therefore binding on all citizens to ensure a peaceful election at all times.
She urged Liberians to commit themselves to the rule of law in order to guarantee the surest way of sustaining the hard-earned peace and democracy in Liberia.
In response, Senator Jeremiah Koung said he was pleased that the National Elections Commission (NEC), amid all the difficult circumstances, still stood tall and conducted what he calls “unbiased” Special Senatorial elections and the National Referendum.
“Despite the limited resources, the NEC conducted the election successfully, and I must commend you for that,” Koung said, adding that he was even more pleased that the rule of law was tested by candidates who did not win and had issues with the process.
Like Senator Edwin Melvin Snowe and many others, Senator Koung is calling for the amendment of the New Elections Law of Liberia.
He said there is a need to relook at how post-election disputes are handled to grant the NEC the chance to adjudicate cases arising from elections.
Koung concluded by thanking his opponents and extending an olive branch to all including his closed rival Edith Gonglow-Weh.
“Election is over and now it is time for us to reunite to do the best we can together to develop Nimba and by extension the entire country,” he said.