Representative candidate in the October 10 election in Nimba Electoral District #8, Saye Miannah, has suffered defeat to his closest rival, Larry Younquoi, at the Supreme Court of Liberia.
Miannah took exception to the NEC Board of Commissioners’ ruling in favor of his rival and appealed to the court to uphold his lead of 19 votes at the October 10, 2017 so he can become the next representative of the district.
The Court, however, on Friday, January 19, upheld the NEC Board’s decision, which legitimized Younquoi’s victory as a result of a recount conducted by NEC staff.
The recount, which took place in Saclepea on Saturday, November 4, 2017, gave Representative Younquoi 6,191 votes, leading Miannah, who obtained 6,174 votes – a difference of 17 votes.
Having rectified the error in the recounting not only for Younquoi, but for the rest of the candidates, the incumbent finally triumphed over his closest rival, Miannah, with 17 votes, making him the winner.
Miannah, in a previous counting won with 19 votes more than the incumbent, but the result was challenged by Representative Younquoi for recount.
Younquoi’s supporters said if he was defeated in the race, it would have been a great loss not only for Nimba County but for the country, because his performance over the years at the legislature makes him as one of the best and most effective lawmakers in the country.