The dynamics of politics is shifting speedily with the ruling Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) losing gripe of its stronghold on Montserrado County that serves as a determinant for presidential elections at least for the past three successive presidential elections from 2005, 2011 to 2017; CDC won Montserrado County with convincing marines. Just about eighteen (18) months in office, results from the by-elections indicate the government is fast loosing legitimacy.
The just ended senatorial by-election has sent a very shocking wave to the ruling establishment with many calls for recalibration and realignment.
The National Elections Commission (NEC) over the weekend declared candidate Abraham Darius Dillon of the Liberty Party (LP) winner of the Montserrado County senatorial by-election.
According to the NEC Chairman Jerome Korkoya, candidate Dillon obtained 102,549 votes, which represent 55.74 percent of total ballots cast, while Paulita C. C. Wie of the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) bagged 63,971 votes or 34.77 percent.
Chairman Korkoya made the declaration Friday at a press conference held at NEC’s Headquarters in Sinkor.
He indicated that NEC declared Candidate Dillon winner after it completed tallying the total 186, 978 votes, with 183,970 as valid votes and 3,008 as total invalid votes.
Meanwhile, Chairman Korkoya has said the Montserrado County District #15 representative by- election has reported 74 polling places of the total of 94, which represent 78.72 percent.
He pointed out that as a result of complaints filed by two candidates, Telia J. Urey and Bishop Slebo Frank, the 20 polling places, which constitute 21.3 percent have been halted until investigations into the complaints are conducted.
He noted that the 20 polling places have been put aside pending investigation before the final results can be announced, but provisional results indicated that candidate Abu Bana Kamara of the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) has obtained 5,417votes which represent 41.48 percent of ballots cast.
He said candidate Telia J. Urey has obtained 5,573 votes, representing 42.66 percent.
Chairman Korkoya maintained that out of total 13,351 votes, 13,059 are total valid votes and 292 are total invalid votes.
Writes: Emmanuel wise Jipoh