Liberian Listener Staff Report
MONROVIA—With the National Elections Commission [NEC], yet to officially declare winners in the just concluded senatorial nationwide poll, Robert Sirleaf, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf son who ran as an independent have conceded defeat to rival, ex soccer star George Weah, whose lead observers say is unbeatable and will be elected.
Appearing on a recent talk show in Monrovia, Sirleaf told his audience “the outcome of the election is the will of the people of Montserrado County,” and thereby, he had no option but to congratulate his opponent.
He said the electorates had spoken. “This is the will of the people; I stand in respect to your will, because the result of the election is an expression of the voice of our people.”
With provisional results coming in, NEC has said it will announce the final results in two weeks. Also President Sirleaf had before the election issued Executive Order Number 65, banning political rallies and marches in the capital, fearing the spread of the Ebola Virus Disease [EVD] would get out of hand. An official of NEC spoken to said, the delay in announcing the final results was also meant to steam the celebratory tide in accordance with the executive order, when president Sirleaf said while issuing her order that citizens were not being mindful that the country was experiencing a national health crisis never seen before and therefore, “to allow the aforesaid conduct to continue with impunity and without control, will frustrate efforts to contain the Ebola virus Disease in Liberia, undermine the security of the State and the maintenance of law and order, and negatively impact the economy.”
Weah Polled 8,913 votes while his closest rival Mr. Sirleaf garnered 1,247.
Montserrado County and especially Monrovia is a Congress for Democratic Change strong hold. The party have won there the last two presidential elections [2005&2011], while swelling its legislators’ ranks