Three Confirmed Rep. By-elections Pending

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Transitioning tot the Senate (from left: Representatives Edwin Snowe (Bomi, D1), Prince Moye (Bong, D2) and Zoe Pennue (Grand Gedeh, D1)

-One still in dispute

Three members of the Lower House of the Legislature have succeeded in their bids to become Senators and their action has created room for by-elections in the electoral districts they have been representing (respectively) since 2017.

The Representative by-elections will be held in Bomi County District #1, Bong County District #2, and Grand Gedeh County District #1. A fourth by-election could be held, pending the outcome of an electoral fraud case before the National Elections Commission, filed by Liberty Party candidate Edith Gongloe-Weh against Nimba County District #1 Representative Jeremiah Koung.

Edwin Melvin Snowe won Representative election in Bomi District #1 in 2017 after he  crossed over from Montserrado Electoral District #6 to that Western County. Barely halfway into his 6-year term as representative for the first district of Bomi, he contested and won the December 8, 2020 Special Senatorial Election in the county and will be leaving the post of Representative for Bomi District #1.

Snowe, in 2017 was heavily challenged through legal means by Bomi District #1 former Representative, Gaya Karmo with the support of Senator Sando Dazoe Johnson,  but Snowe won them with the argument that there is no law to have barred him from contesting in Bomi, even though he was by then the sitting Lawmaker for Montserrado County District #6.

Snowe entered active Legislative politics in 2005 and became elected for the first time in 2006 as Representative for Montserrado then electoral District #5, now District #6.

He was elected Speaker of the House of Representatives but his stay in that office was short-lived as he fell out of favor at the time with President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.

Snowe was dethroned from the speakership by a majority of his colleagues and was succeeded by Rep. J. Alex Tyler, who was also later booted out by his colleagues who filed a vote of no confidence in him because of a corruption scandal that he was involved in.

Senator-elect Edwin Snowe served a two term of six years tenure in Montserrado District #6 before moving to Bomi District #1 where he has served only three years prior to his election to the Senate.

He defeated incumbent Senator Sando Dazoe Johson and a number of other contenders, including former Speaker Alex J. Tyler.

Before getting elected to the House of Representatives, Snowe served as head of Liberia Petroleum Refining Corporation (LPRC) and the Liberia Football Association (LFA).

He oversaw George Weah  and his team mates when they played soccer for the national team of Liberia.

Snowe ran as an independent candidate when he fell short of winning the support of the Collaborating Political Parties (CPP) to endorse his candidacy instead of his political rival, Sando Dazoe Johnson.

Senator-elect Prince Kermue Moye is the outgoing Representative of Bong Electoral District #1 and Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives.

He was elected to the House of Senate on December 8 and his election, too, has opened room for a by-election.

Moye has been Representative for Bong County District #2 since 2011 but will now ascend to the House of Senate for a period of nine years.

The outgoing Deputy Speaker defeated outgoing Senator Henry Yallah who ran on the ticket of the ruling Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) and had the personal support of President George Weah.

In Grand Gedeh County, Zoe Emmanuel Pennue is leaving the seat of Representative for District #1 and also headed for the House of Senate.

Pennue contested on the ticket of the ruling CDC and he will be taking over from outgoing Senator Alphonso Gaye. 

Gaye retired from active politics after 9 years and was honored by his colleagues at the House of Senate before the December Special Senate polls.

Zoe Pennue ran for the House of Representatives on three different occasions and won all, from 2006 up to 2020.

He first ran for the Senate seat in 2014 but was defeated by Marshal Dennis. He did not lose hope; he is now the projected winner for the County.

Notably, Pennue is known for spending money lavishly on his electorates but is not on record for sponsoring or proffering a bill.

He is hardly heard speaking on the floor of Plenary but focused on his dreams. He was heavily campaigned against, even by Mrs. Nancy B. Doe, widow of slain President Samuel K. Doe.

Mrs. Doe has complained on many occasions that Pennue robbed her and her children of their benefits, including properties left behind by her husband and, as such, he, Pennue, is not worth to be a leader.

Pennue has never denied nor admitted to Mrs. Doe’s allegations.

In Nimba County, Jeremiah Kpan Koung who has served two consecutive terms as Representative for Nimba District #1, has been announced winner of the December 8 polls, even though his closest rival, Edith Gongloe-Weh, has taken exception to the results and proceeded to the elections dispute hearing office of the National Elections Commission (NEC).

Koung contested on the ticket of the Movement for Democracy and Reconstruction (MDR), the political party owned and run by former war-lord, Nimba County Senator Prince Y, Johnson.

He was at the same time supported by the ruling CDC due to the political alliance between the MDR and the ruling coalition.

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David S. Menjor is a Liberian journalist whose work, mainly in the print media has given so much meaning to the world of balanced and credible mass communication. David is married and interestingly he is also knowledgeable in the area of education since he has received some primary teacher training from the Kakata Rural Teacher Training Institute (KRTTI). David, after leaving Radio Five, a broadcast media outlet, in 2016, he took on the challenge to venture into the print media affairs with the Dailly Observer Newspaper. Since then he has created his own enviable space. He is a student at the University of Liberia.

3 COMMENTS

  1. All politics is really local! And the physical science and the social sciences, are not the same!. Meaning, though a headache tablet, a, vaccination, or viagra, shall work in any human being ANYWHERE, the political mentality or political phenomenon of a certain locality can no way always be the mentality of the people of another polity.

    Take for example the case of a stranger (Edwin Snowe) jumping constituency and forcing himself into another constituency (Bomi County), and beating the ethnic (Gola) town owners ( and incumbents Sam Karmo, Sando Dazoe Johnson etc. etc.) of that county (Bomi County) when he a Bassa boy from Bassa never grew up in Bomi and is in no way ethnically connected to that county .Bomi! A TOTAL STRANGER!

    CAN SUCH EVER HAPPEN IN NIMBA, GRAND KRU, OR EVEN IN CAPEMOUN, WHETHER IT IS IN SANIQUELLI, YEKEPA, ROBERTSPORT, OR BARCLAYVILLE OR SASSTOWN???????

    That cannot even happen in Kakata.

    But in Bomi Hills District number ONE(Tubmanburg), it is possible. For Bomi is like New York, Florida, and other constituencies with a CONFLUENCE OF THE NATIONAL CULTURES AND ETHNICITES.

    This IS why when I heard Sam Gayah Karmo and Sando Johnson (who and myself were born and grew up in Bomi Hills) saying Edwin Snowe cannot win any election in Bomi Hills (Dist No. 1) Because Snowe does not know Bomi Politics, i RETORTED, it is you guys who do not know Bomi Politics. For a locality of Bomi with a confluence of Liberian ethnicities and cultures, all it takes for a candidate to win, IS ENOUGH MONEY WHICH YOUR OPPONENT CANNOT AFFORD! PERIOD!

    • Seriously, what are you saying?

      What “New York, Florida and other constituncies with a CONFLUENCE OF NATIONAL CULTURES AND ETHNICITES” have to do with this story ?

      Anyone who reads your posting will agree with me that you need some help on so many levels.

  2. Using a fake name cannot disguise you little rude and ignorant Petarus Dolo. And we would have ignored that if you did not choose to insult us in your final line …“Anyone who reads your posting will agree with me that you need some help on so many levels“

    Get this into that rude disrespectful, and ignorant, Petarus Dolo head of yours that matters as these are of course, not ones we expect you to be cognizant about. Since all that is generally expected from you is the stupidity or insanity which comes out of you about that BUTT BOY AND GAY RAPIST Alex Cummings…a fact for which you little minion and your “demi god“ BUTT BOY Cummings “need some help on so many levels.“

    Now, A CONFLUENCE OF THE NATIONAL CULTURES AND ETHNICITES (A MELTING POT). is a city, county, constituency, state, or political subdivision, in which sizable amounts of people from all or nearly all of the ethnicities and cultures, of a given country are respectively based, resident, or domiciled!

    As Kakata is to the northern flank, so is Tubmanburg (Bomi Hills) to the Western flank. In that constituency, we have had both elected and appointed officials of government from tribes or ethnicities other than Gola. In fact an elected mayor was a woman and from the Kru Tribe! You have had a Bassa elected mayor, and of course a Bassa Superintendent! Krahn, Vai, Mende Mano, Mandingo, Gio, etc. elected sports officials. And this has been after one party settler rule.

    Therefore,, as California, Florida, and New York, are to America, so is Tubmanburg (Bomi Hills District Number One) is to Liberia.

    A simple concept as CONFLUENCE you cannot understand. But when it comes to displaying your rudeness to deceive about the dirty buttboy and gay rapist filthy lifestyles of Alex Cummings, you easily make a fool of yourself. Fail to remember the past at your own peril.

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