By: Anthony Q. Jiffan, Jr.
In the wake of the push and pull regarding who is the winner of the July 29th representative and senatorial by-election for Montserrado County, the opposition bloc has sounded a caveat that the are meticulously watching with eagle eyes the conduct of the ruling party and the National Elections Commission to the logical conclusion of the counting of votes and subsequent announcement of the official results of the elections, warning that anyone who will tamper with these elections results, whether in or out of government, will meet the end of their administration.
The four opposition collaborating political polities have sounded a warning to the National Elections Commission against what is termed as any unusual practice on the results of the two by-elections in Montserrado County for the senate and District #15, saying, “The meekness of the opposition is not their weakness”.
Liberty Party Chairman and Lofa County Senator Steve Zargo, addressing a press conference at the LP Headquarters in Congo Town further stated that considering the Liberty Party’s past experience with the NEC, when the Party took NEC to court, the opposition parties meticulously watching with eagle eyes these elections to the logical conclusion, warning that no one should take them for granted because their meekness is not weakness.
Senator Zargo, who also chairs the Senate Committee on Security and Intelligence, noted that their team along with Liberia’s international partners is closely monitoring the activities of the elections, and called on the National Elections Commission do a due diligence to announce results consistent with what they have from polling stations across the county.
“Our team is currently monitoring activities of NEC and is in connection with our international partners who are also watching; we hope that the National Elections Commission do a due diligence to announce results consistent with what he have from polling stations across the county” Senator Zargo said.
Meanwhile, the LP chairman said executives and members of the four collaborating political parties thank the people of Montserrado County and District #15 for turning out on July 29, 2019 to vote Abraham Darius Dillon as senator for Montserrado County and Telia Urey as representative for District #15 for making history by defeating CDC in Montserrado County which was considered as the county for the ruling party.
Tally sheet available to the Collaborating political parties, Senator Zargo said, put opposition candidates Dillon and Telia in a comfortable, commanding and an irreversible lead that project them as winners of the elections.
He therefore thanked the executives and members of the four collaborating parties and everyone who have contributed to the victory of the collaborating parties by ending the myth that Montserrado County belongs any failed political party.
Zargo further, “In a few hours or minutes from now at about 12:00 noon the National Elections Commission will formally announce results from the just concluded senatorial and representative by- elections in Montserrado county and District #15”.
He also thanked the international partners and called on them to join them to monitor the process to the logical conclusion and called on the ruling party to do the honest thing and concede defeat in these elections so as to start the reconciliation process.
Meanwhile, Unity Party Chairman Wilmot Paye, in a brief statement, congratulated the voting population of Liberia, especially Montserrado County and District #15. He said while they are respecting the rule of law, they are keen on the results and will protect their gains. He therefore warned that anyone who will tamper with these elections results, whether in or out of government, will meet the end of their administration.
He dismissed the notion that a particular group of people or party is the owner of Montserrado County, pointing out that the people of Liberia has told the ruling party who owns the land.