MONROVIA: As part of preparatory activities leading to the October 10 legislative and presidential elections, the Grand Gedeh County Chapter of the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) on June 30, 2023 had a county-wide primaries to select its legislative candidates, picking incumbent Senator Marshall Dennis who is seeking re-election, and three representative candidates in incumbent Representative Erol Madison Gwion for D#1, Willie Dweh, D#2 and Harrison Saydee, D#3.
While Representative Gwion and Saydee won virtually unchallenged during the primaries, Dweh on the other hand had a tedious task overcoming other strong contenders for the seat and delivered for himself a well deceived victory in the process.
The overwhelming election of Mr. Willie M. Dweh as the candidate for Konobo Electoral District further demonstrates his standing as a formidable candidate in the forthcoming election. It can be recalled that a couple of months ago, Mr. Dweh was overwhelmingly voted by the elders and youth of Konobo Administrative District as the consensus representative candidate for the Konobo region of the District. The initiative by the elders to determine a consensus candidate was intended to reduce the number of sons and daughters of the Konobo Administrative District vying for the representative seat of the district.
According to the elders, fielding many candidates from the Konobo region of the district has always reduced the chances of the region producing a representative.
Mr. Dweh is contesting to replace incumbent Representative George Boley, who is putting up a fight to maintain his seat he won in 2017 after another fierce battle on the ticket of the United People’s Party(UPP) which has gone has now gone into an alliance with the ruling Coalition for Democratic Congress(CDC). Boley is said to have joined another party to contest in the ensuing general election.
With his vast experience in the governance system and practices of Liberia and his unique personality which appeals to different demographic groups, Mr. Dweh has established himself as one of the frontrunners for the representative seat of the district. His continued engagement with the District after the last election which he contested and narrowly lost coming second place, has also contributed to the massive support and visibility he enjoys in the District.
After the primaries, through a Facebook post, the Chairman of the Grand Gedeh County Chapter of the Movement for Economic Empowerment, one of the constituent parties of the CDC, Mr. James G. T. Waylee, thanked the candidates for accepting to contest in the primaries and that the Coalition for Democratic Change is bigger than anyone and the interest of the party remains supreme and above individual interest.