By Morrison O.G. Sayon In Buchanan, Grand Bassa County
The Board of Commissioners of the National Elections Commission (NEC) has declared Liberty Party candidate, Nyonblee Karnga-Lawrence winner of the Grand Bassa County Senatorial By-election. Announcing the final results of the By-election in Grand Bassa County, NEC Chairman, Jerome George Korkoya said the results are from all 336 polling centers in the County which have been reported and tallied.
Cllr. Korkoya said the final results of the By-Election puts Madam Karnga-Lawrence of her closest rival, Daniel Chea, 11,000 representing 41.0 percent, while Mr. Chea obtained 9,102 votes representing 34.0 percent of the total votes cast.
T. Wah Bedell of the former ruling National Patriotic Party (NPP) obtained the total votes of 801 amounting to three percent, while Mr. Jonathan Kaipay of the ruling Unity Party (UP) obtained 5,899 votes representing 22.0 percent of the total votes cast.
Based on the final result, NEC’s Chairman on Thursday announced Madam Karnga-Lawrence as the winner of the Grand Bassa County Senatorial By-election.
In announcing the final results, the Chairman said consistent with Article 37 of the Constitution of Liberia the President Pro-Tempore of the Liberian Senate, Gbehzongar Findley, on February 18, 2013, notified the Commission of the existence of a vacancy in the House of Senate caused by the death on January 17, 2013 of Senator John Francis Whitfield of Grand Bassa County.
According to Chairman Korkoya, the Board of Commissioners of the National Elections Commission in collaboration with its partners successfully organized and conducted a Senatorial By-Election on Tuesday, May 7, 2013.
“Pursuant to the decision of the Board of Commissioners, and in keeping with the electoral key dates, the period for nomination of candidates desirous of contesting the Senatorial By-Election ran from March 11 to 26, 2013,” Cllr. Korkoya said.
He said following the nomination process, four candidates were qualified to contest the Senatorial By-Election. The four candidates include T. WahBedell, National Patriotic Party; Daniel Lymus Chea, Independent Candidate; Jonathan Lambort Kaipay, Unity Party; and NyonbleeKarnga-Lawrence, Liberty Party.
Meanwhile, the National Elections Commission (NEC) has congratulated all registered voters of Grand Bassa County who turned out on May 7, 2013 to vote in the County’s Senatorial By-Election.
The Commission also lauded the Government of Liberia for its support to the electoral process in Grand Bassa County.