Defeated candidates in the just-ended national election conducted by the leadership of the Liberia Marketing Association (LMA) have challenged the results.
The contending parties have therefore vowed to take legal action against the LMA’s election commission if the election is not re-run to introduce transparency and justice for all contestants.
The election was held in Buchanan, Grand Bassa County, on Saturday, February 18.
But confusion erupted immediately after the LMA Election Commissioner, I. Abelegar Williams, announced the election results at about 4 a.m. on Sunday, February 19.
Mr. Williams announced that the chaplain, General Victoria Hall, lost to her opponent, Antoinette Nah Mulbah, 297 to 234, while Larwuo L. Hiama defeated her opponent, Augustine T. Moore, 327 to 192, to emerge as assistant secretary general.
He also announced that Slayplah F.Nagbe lost to King Suah Mulblah to emerge as secretary general, while for the national vice president, G. Dahn Sherman lost to Abraham B. Barchue, 317 to 227.
For the national president position, Annie Q. Yeanay and Elizabeth Mulbah lost to Alice Yeabahn, who won with 315 to 22 and 1 respectively.
Shortly after Mr. Williams announced the results, the defeated candidates separately rejected the results attributing it to fraud.
They cried fraud because, according to them, the elections were influenced by some “big hands” for political motives.
The losers did name who the ‘big hands’ were.
They contended that Mr. Williams should have announced the results by 3 a.m. on Saturday, February 18, ‘’but rather, the election commission selected to deliberately delay the process until 4 a.m. Sunday, February 19, just to cheat and thereby accomplish his selfish mission.’’
The aggrieved candidates further claimed that the ballots were counted under the cover of darkness, before flashlights were brought in, something they believed amounted to foul play.
Mr. Williams is yet to respond to the allegation of fraud.