In Senjeh District, Bomi County, the weather started with a promising sunshine and thousands of highly enthusiastic eligible voters queued at several polling centers to vote and elect their next President and Representative.
Despite the slow process at some of the precincts, citizens in Senjeh District had long ago resolved that there was a friend indeed in former District #6 Representative Edwin Melvin Snowe, who has now forged a new relationship with a community of people in need of a friend.
All went well through the morning up to the early afternoon, when the heavens opened up and brought down a torrential downpour accompanied by heavy lightning and thunder.
Unprecedented to the popular saying that Liberians are more afraid of rain than a moving vehicle, voters, especially in Tubmanburg, stood their ground, defying the fearful downpour and lighting to fulfill a promise to their new “stranger” at the cost of losing blood relations.
When our reporter visited the outgoing District #6 Representative at his Pumah media headquarters situated on his palm farm at a community called Weakama, he was greeted by a tense-looking usually jovial politician, who avoided making an early statement.
Earlier during the day, he received the news of a tragic accident which left a young man dead at a neighboring Government Farm.
However, when the news hit communities around midnight that Weakama had cast over 400 votes for Snowe, communities came alive. Reports were fast emerging from polling centers in the district, giving unquestionable leads to both Snowe and his Unity Party presidential team.
“Bomi has decided, we are now going all out to keep the promise by giving the First and Second Ladies a gift they will always remember from their kinsmen. It’s better to have a trustworthy stranger than a selfish brother,” a citizen of Bomi told our reporter, adding, “we have advised our representative-elect to await the well planned county-wide post victory celebration. “