The newly elected Lofa County Electoral District # 2 Representative, Mrs. Julie Fatorma Wiah, has been inaugurated as a member of the 53rd Legislature of the House of Representatives.
Speaker J. Alex Tyler administered the oath in the House during its 2nd day sitting of the 5th Session yesterday, owing to a unanimous decision from the Plenary.
Supporters, friends and family members of the newly elected lawmaker attended her installation.
Hon. Wiah’s induction follows the receipt of a letter from the National Elections Commission (NEC) declaring her the winner of the by-election replacing Lofa County District # 2 Representative Hon. Fofi S. Baimba who died four months ago.
“Based on the votes obtained by each of the ten contesting candidates, I am pleased to inform you that Mrs. Julie Fatorma Wiah, Independent, who obtained 1,974 or 20.11% of the total valid votes, was on Saturday, January 2, 2016 declared winner of the by-election,” the NEC letter stated. Mrs. Wiah was subsequently certificated in the City of Voinjama.
Madam Wiah won as an independent candidate defeating nine other contestants, including partisans of the Congress for Democratic Change (CDC), Liberty Party (LP), and Unity Party (UP).
Cllr. Korkoya disclosed that contestants in the by-election of which two were women represented eight political parties. The rest were two independent candidates.
The election of Hon. Wiah is a plus for women’s representation in the legislature by increasing their number to 12. There were previously eight female lawmakers in the House of Representatives and three in the Senate.