Low Turnout At Bassa By-Election

Reports emanating from Grand Bassa County say voters’ turnout was very low in almost all of the polling places.

Our Election Correspondent in the county disclosed that most of the centers including the Unification Hall, the Administration Building and other major centers in the port city of Buchanan have recorded low turnout with voters casting their ballots gradually.

Our correspondent says voters seem not to be interested in the process despite civic, voter education and sensitization campaign conducted by the National Elections Commission (NEC).  Many citizens of Bassa remained home during the casting of ballots with some complaining that the election is only for the contestants and their families.

124,280 registered voters are expected to vote in the Grand Bassa County Senatorial By-election at 336 polling places in the county with five electoral districts. Preliminary results for the By-election according to NEC’s Director of Public Information and outreach, Joel Kennedy, will be announced by the National Elections Commission today in Buchanan.

Final results will be announced on Friday, according to Mr. Kennedy. Winner in the Senatorial By-election will be certificated following the announcement of the final results in Buchanan in accordance with decentralization policy.

Four candidates contested the Grand Bassa County Senatorial By-election. The candidates include, Mr. Jonathan Kaipay of the ruling Unity Party (UP); Daniel Chea Independent, T.WahBedell of the former ruling National patriotic party (NPP) and the only female candidate, Nyonblee Karnga-Lawrence of the Liberty Party (LP).