Liberian Listener Staff Report
Liberians across the West African country went to the polls on Saturday to elect 15 of the 30 seats in the senate. The elections were postponed twice since October 16, the official date according to the Liberian elections laws. With Ebola ravaging Western Africa, Liberia has been the hardest hit, since March this year with more than 3,340 people already dead. To avoid a constitutional crisis, reports say despite advise that Liberia discontinue the vote to sustain the current decline from the virus, Liberian officials conducted the poll however.
With provisional reports coming in from the senatorial election, former presidential candidate and world footballer George Weah is in a commanding lead and the Liberian Listener can confirm, the former world footballer will be elected senator of Montserrado County. Weah defeats his closest rival, first son, Robert Sirleaf, according National Election Commission [NEC] provisional results with over 80percent of the ballots counted, Weah had a 75percent lead. By also winning the coveted senate seat, analysts say he will now use the powerful position to further cement his credentials to the presidency as he seeks to lead Africa’s first independent country. Weah’s Congress for Democratic change or CDC, is the major political opposition in the country. The party came second the last two presidential elections, which saw Ellen Johnson Sirleaf elected to the Executive Mansion.
In what will be a major upset, Senate President Gbehzongar Findley looks to bite the dust as Jonathan Kaipay of the Liberty Party, appears to be elected. In Nimba County, incumbent and power broker Senator Prince Y. Johnson early poll results shows will be reelected. His main rival, Liberty Party, Edith Gongloe-Weh will have to wait another nine years or look to a vacancy in the coming years if she wants to run for the senate seat in Nimba County.
Charles Taylor’s National Patriotic Front of Liberia and his ex-wife Jewel Howard Taylor are likely winners looking to extend her mandate from her constituents in Bong county. Taylor is enjoying a dominate lead. Cuttington University President and senate seat contender Dr. Henrique Tokpah and Emmanuel Flomo of the Congress for Democratic Change could not trouble Howard Taylor much. If the current trajection holds former Superintendent Milton Teahjay will be elected Senator of Sinoe County. In Lofa, Stephen Zargo of the Liberty Party will grab the senate seat from former ULIMO warlord, turned presidential advisor, Alhaji Kromah, who ran as an independent candidate.
Running for the second time for the Cape Mount County senatorial seat, prominent lawyer and the ruling Unity Party Chairman Cllr. Varney Sherman, is sitting comfortably according to NEC results, while his fellow partisan in River Gee County presidential advisor, Conmany Wesseh could also clench the senatorial seat.
George Weah pic: morganawingard.com