The National Elections Commission (NEC) has released the final results for the just-ended Mid-term Senatorial election in the country, with 10 of the 12 incumbent senators who contested being booted out by their people in line with Article 1 of the 1986 Liberian constitution.
Article 1 states that: “All power is inherent in the people. All free governments are instituted by their authority and for their benefit and they have the right to alter and reform the same when their safety and happiness so required. In order to ensure democratic government which responds to the wishes of the governed, the people shall have the right at such period, and in such manner as provided for under this Constitution, to cause their public servants to leave office and to fill vacancies by regular elections and appointments”.
The final results show that senators Jewel Howard-Taylor and Prince Y. Johnson of Bong and Nimba counties respectively are the two incumbents who were re-elected as far as majority votes are concerned.
However, senators including Isaac Nyenabo of Grand Gedeh County who has been appointed as Liberia's Ambassador to the European Union, Fredrick Cherue of River Gee County and Cletus Wartorson of Grand Kru County are the three incumbents who did not contest the election in their respective counties.
According to the final results released over the weekend in Sinkor by the National Elections Commission, Bomi County incumbent senator Lahai Gbabye Lansanah of the National Patriotic Party (NPP) was massively beaten by a candidate of the Ruling Unity Party Morris Satumah with8,857 votes, which represents (47%) to 6,837 votes, representing (36%), while Senator and Senate Pro-temp Gbehzohngar Milton Findley of Grand Bassa who contested as an independent candidate was beaten by Mr. Jonathan Kaipay of the opposition Liberty Party with16,296 votes, representing (57%) to10,306, which represents (36.3%).
In Gbarpolu County, incumbent Senator J.S.B. Theodore Momo who resigned from the Unity Party due to policy differences and contested on the ticket of the Alliance for Peace and Democracy (APD) was beaten by a former senator of the county, Daniel Naatehn of the alternative National Congress with 3,962 votes, representing (34.3%) to 1,431 votes, which represents (12.4%).
In Grand Cape Mount County, Senator Abel Momodu Massalay of the National Patriotic Party (NPP) was flogged by Cllr. Varney Sherman of the Unity Party with 13,651 votes, which represents (61.7%) to 1,131 votes, representing (5.1%)).
The seats in Grand Gedeh, Grand Kru and River Gee counties were won by A. Marshall Dennis of the CDC, Albert Chie, an independent candidate who was supported by the CDC and Conmany Wesseh as incumbents in these counties did not seek for reelection.
In Lofa County, Senator Sumo G. Kupee who also resigned from the UP and contested on the ticket of the People's Unification Party (PUP) was defeated by Stephen J. H. Zargo of the Liberty Party with 12,797 votes, which represents (26.2%) to 6,288, representing (12.9%), while in Margibi County, Senator Clarice A. Jah of the Liberty Party was booted out by Jim Womba Tornonlah of the People's Unification Party (PUP) with 7,893 votes, which represents (30.5%) to 1,967 votes, representing (7.6%).
In Maryland County, incumbent Senator John A. Ballout Jr. of the UP was defeated by J. Gbleh-bo Brown, an independent candidate with 5,192 votes, representing (32.7%) to 877 votes, which represents (5.5%), while in Montserrado County, incumbent senator Joyce Musu Freeman-Sumo who had persistently boasted about her reelection was flogged by the political leader of the CDC, George M. Weah with 99,226 votes, which represents (78.0%) to 427 votes, representing (0.3%), with independent candidate Robert A. Sirleaf coming second to Mr. Weah with 13,692 votes, which represents (10.8%).
Senator Jay Jonathan Banney who contested on the ticket of the People's Unification Party (PUP) in River Cess County was whipped by Representative Francis Paye of the National Democratic Coalition (NDC) with1959 votes, which amounts to (22.8%) to 627 votes, amounting to (7.3%).
Finally, Senator Mobutu Vlah Nyenpan of the Alliance for Peace and Democracy (APD) was flogged by Unity Party's J. Milton Teahjay in Sinoe County seat race with 6,772 votes, representing (50.1%) to 4,726 votes, representing (35.0%).
NEC Chairman Jerome G. Korkoya said final announcement completes results from the 4,701 polling places which recorded a total voter turnout of 479,936, representing 25.2% of all of the registered voters in Liberia.
“On behalf of members of the Board of Commissioners and staff of the National Elections Commission, I wish to congratulate all of the candidates for their election as senators of the fifteen counties of Liberia,” the NEC boss indicated.
Chairman Korkoya has therefore informed individuals declared winners of the election that their certification program will take place Saturday, January 3, 2015 at the Commission's Conference Hall in Sinkor.