Team Musa Kenneh, comprising five contestants, have convincingly won all the polls in the elections administered by the Legislative Press Pool (LEGISPOL) on Saturday, September 9, in Gbarnga, Bong County, for a two year term.
LEGISPOL ad hoc election chairman Saye Messah, following the announcement of election results, certificated the candidates. Musa B. Kenneh of Truth FM emerged the winner in the presidential election, with 38-16 votes over William Sandi Kamara of OK FM. Kenneh was the former Vice President under the outgoing leadership of E. J. Nathaniel Daygbor, but his former boss pledged his moral and financial to Mr. Kamara. Vice President-elect Papie Kollie of Capitol FM defeated Henry Karmo of FrontPage Africa newspaper by 34-20 votes, while Titus E. Dessie of the New Democratic won the General Secretary post, beating Austin Kawah of Prime FM by 35-19 votes. Mark Mengonfia of Women Voice whipped Jackson Clay of New Republic by 38-15 votes for the Assistant Secretary General position, and Financial Secretary-elect James Karimu of OK FM defeated Staff Jallah of Insight Newspaper by 38-14 votes.
Saturday’s election was the fifth for LEGISPOL since its establishment in 2008, making Kenneh the 5th president. Past presidents included Julius Kanubah, Solomon Ware, Estelle Liberty Kemoh and E. J. Nathaniel Daygbor.
The election was supervised by Lower Bong County Magistrate Barsee Kpangbai. The observers were the House’s press director Isaac G. Redd; Julu Johnson, the policy advisor to PUL Vice President Octavin Williams; Clarence Jackson, PUL coordinator in northern Liberia; and Mr. P. Nas Mulbah, secretary general of the judiciary reporters.
According to the LEGISPOL ad hoc election commission secretary general, Dweh Nimely, 54 out of the 71 registered members participated in the elections. There were two invalid votes in the race for financial secretary and an invalid vote in the assistant secretary general poll.
“We want to thank everybody for their participation. Our victory today means LEGISPOL has won the elections,” Kenneh said. Making his consolation remark, Kamara said:”I really appreciate the turnout; and thanks to everybody for exercising their franchise.”
On Facebook, the defeated candidates wrote: “Congratulations to the winners…the beauty of Democracy,” Karmo. Siaffa said: “Thanks to the Daygbor leadership, at least winners of LEGISPOL election are now given certificates.”
Meanwhile, the chief of office staff of the House Speaker, Eric Kennedy, has congratulated Mr. Kenneh for his preferment.
At Saturday’s congress before the elections, Mr. Kennedy clarified that the Speaker had no special interest in the election and would work with anybody until his tenure expires, which technically falls on the second working Monday of January 2018.