The newly elected Representative of Lofa County District #1, Francis S. Nyumalin Sr., was yesterday sworn-in as a member of the House of Representatives of the 53rd Legislature.
Rep. Nyumalin will serve for 200 days, which is equated to six months and 16 days, up to the October 10 elections, when he would seek re-election.
Rep. Nyumalin, who won the Lofa County by-election on the ticket of the Union of Liberia Democrats on February 28, replaced the late Rep. Eugene Fallah Kparkar.
The oath of office was administered to him in the Chambers of the House of Representatives by Chief Clerk Mildred Sayon in accordance with Chapter 5, Rule 11.1 of the House.
The rule says each member of the House of Representatives before taking his or her seat, shall take an oath or affirmation to uphold and defend the Constitution and the Laws of Liberia as well as to faithfully discharge the duties and functions of the office as a Member of the House of Representatives.
Nyumalin’s induction was a result of a communication from the National Elections Commissioner, Cllr. Jerome G. Korkoya.
“In keeping with Article 37 of the Constitution and in consonance with Section 2.9 (g) of the New Elections Law of Liberia, the NEC conducted a by-election in Electoral District #1, Lofa County on February 28,” Cllr. Korkoya said.
“Based on the votes obtained by each of the nine contesting candidates, I am pleased to inform you that Francis Sakila Nyumalin Sr., candidate of the ULD, who obtained 3,149 or 32.0 percent of the total valid votes, was on Thursday, March 2, declared winner of the by-election. He was accordingly issued the Certificate of Election under the signatures of Commissioners and the seal of the Commission as a testament to his election,” Korkoya said in his letter to the lawmakers.