Weah, Sherman Far Ahead…Net Over 8,000; While Rob Follows With Over 1,000

By Morrison O.G Sayon

Provisional results for the just ended Special Senatorial Election has begun coming in with Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) candidate, George M. Weah of Montserrado County and Cllr. H. Varney Sherman of Grand Cape Mount County taking commendable lead.

Addressing a news conference yesterday in Monrovia, the Chairman of the National Elections Commission (NEC), Cllr. Jerome Korkoya, disclosed that as part of the transparent nature of the electoral process, immediately following the close of polls, the reconciliation, sorting and counting of votes commenced at all polling places across the country.

In Montserrado County, Mr. Weah of the CDC is in the lead with 8,913 of the total valid votes representing 79.7 percent followed by Mr. Robert Sirleaf, son of President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf with the total votes of 1,247 constituting 11.2 percent of the total valid votes cast. Total valid votes cast in Montserrado County amounts to 11,178 constituting 100 percent; total invalid votes 306 and total votes cast in the election amounts to 11,484.

Morris Saytuman of the ruling Unity Party (UP) is leading the race in Bomi County with the total votes of 1,990 amounting to 54 percent while his closest rival incumbent Senator Lahai Lansanah of the former ruling National Patriotic Party (NPP) with the total votes of 1,137 constituting 31.2 percent of the total valid votes cast. Total valid votes amounts to 3,640, total invalid votes, 338 and the total votes cast in Bomi County amounted to 3,978.

In Bong County, Dr. Henrique Tokpa, President of the Cuttington University is in the lead with 8,048 votes or 32 percent followed by incumbent Senator Jewel Howard-Taylor who has obtained the total votes 7,901 amounting to 31.7 percent. Total valid votes cast is 24,929, invalid votes 1,709 and total votes 26,638.

Former Senator, Daniel Naatehn is leading the race in Gbapolu County with the total votes of 1,690 while former Superintendent of the county, Gertrude Lamin has obtained the total votes of 1,009 representing 17 percent of the total valid cast. Total valid votes amount to 5,742; invalid votes 529 and total votes cast are 6,271.

The situation in Grand Bassa County has taken a dramatic trend as the President Pro-tempore of the Liberian Senate, Gbehnzohngar Findley is seriously trailing far behind Liberty Party’s candidate, Jonathan Kaipay, who has obtained the total votes of 10,360 followed by the Pro-tempore with 6,656 votes. Total valid votes amounts to 17,938, invalid votes, 953 and total votes cast in the Senatorial race in Bassa amounts to 18,891.

In Grand Cape Mount County, a respected Liberian lawyer and Chairman of the ruling Unity party, Cllr. H. Varney Sherman has taken a commendable lead with the total votes of 1,281 representing 70 percent of the votes while Dr. Fodee Kromah of the Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) has obtained the total votes of 315 representing 17.2 percent of the votes cast. Total valid votes amounts to 1,831, total invalid votes 108 and total votes cast, 1,939.

A surprise candidate in Senatorial Election in Grand Gedeh has taken an early lead. Mr. Marshall Dennis of the CDC has obtained the total votes of 2,623 representing 29.7 percent followed by Mr. George E.S. Boley of the PUP with 1,864 representing 21.1 percent of the votes cast. Total valid votes, 8,825, invalid votes 552 and total votes cast 9,377.

In Grand Kru County, Mr. Albert Tugbe Chie, an Independent candidate has taken a commendable lead with the total votes of 5,430 representing 50 percent of the votes followed by the former Superintendent of the county, Rosaline Segbe Sneh of the Unity Party with 1,778 amounting to 16.4 percent. Total valid votes, 10,859, invalid votes, 768 and total votes cast, 11,627.

The race in Lofa County has been reduced to three candidates with Joseph Jallah of APD in a narrow lead with 6,837 votes representing 29.2 percent over Mr. Stephen Zargo of Liberty party with the total votes of 6,663 representing 28.4 percent of the votes cast; while Professor Alhaji G.V. Kromah has also obtained the total votes of 5,577 amounting to 23.8 percent. Total valid votes 23,439, invalid votes, 1,627 and total votes cast amount to 25,066.

In Margibi County, Professor Ansu Sonii of the CDC has obtained the total votes of 2,606 constituting 36.5 percent followed by Mr. Abraham F. Tengbeh of the Movement for Progressive Change (MPC) who has obtained the total votes of 2,283 representing 31 percent and total valid votes 7,149; invalid votes 344 with total votes of 7,493.

Representative Bhofal Chambers of the CDC is ahead of his closest rival, Gbleh-bo Brown in Maryland County with the total votes of 4,798 constituting 38 percent while Mr. Brown has obtained the total votes of 3,190 representing 25.6 percent. Total valid votes 12,459, invalid votes, 754 and total votes cast amount to 13,213.

Senator Prince Y. Johnson has taken a commendable lead in the Nimba County Senatorial Election with the total votes of 17,076 constituting 62 percent followed by former Superintendent Edith Gongloe-Weh of Liberty Party with total valid votes, 27,497, invalid votes, 1,133 and total votes cast, 28,630.

In River Gee County, former Minister of State without Portfolio, Conmany B. Wesseh of the ruling Unity Party is ahead in the race with total votes of 2,673 representing 26.1 percent following by Mr. Jonathan Boycharles Sogbie with the total votes of 1,719 constituting 16.8 percent and Mr. Daniel Johnson with total votes of 1,565 representing 15.3 percent with total valid votes 10,230; invalid votes, 496 total votes cast in the election 10,726.

In Sinoe County, former Superintendent, J. Milton Teahjay of the Unity Party has taken an early lead over Sen. Mobutu Nyenpan with the total votes of 3,773 representing 50 percent of the valid votes while, Sen. Nyenpan has obtained the total votes of 2,863 amounting to 38.1 percent.

Meanwhile, announcement of the provisional results for the Special Senatorial Election continues tomorrow at the NEC Headquarters, Chairman Jerome Korkoya has said.

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