NEC Certificates Grand Gedeh Representative-Elect

The National Elections Commission(NEC) on Tuesday, December 14, 2021, finally certificated the winner of the Bye election conducted in District #1, Grand Gedeh County, Mr. E. Madison Gwion Sr, after the electoral umpire threw out the objection filed by Mr. Jeremiah Garwo, the defeated candidate of the ruling Coalition for Democratic Change( CDC) for lack of merit.

At the well-attended ceremony held at the premises of NEC attended by officials of the electoral body, Chairman of the Liberian Restoration Party(LRP), Mr. Gabriel Salee, partisans of LRP, family members, supporters and well-wishers of the celebrant, the Vice Chairperson of NEC, Cllr. P. Teplah Reeves noted that despite all the challenges, the electoral body was able to conduct a peaceful bye election in the four counties of Bomi, Bong, Grand Gedeh and Nimba and thanked the Government, donor partners and other stakeholders for making the exercise possible.

She said the certification of successful candidates after an electoral process is in keeping with the laws which indicates that the person met all the requirements governing the process and therefore the documents presented from NEC shows that the victory is without any doubt.

In his brief remark which was punctuated by applause and battle cries from his teeming supporters, Mr. Gwion thanked the Almighty God for guiding him through the process he referred to as “the toughest battle I have faced in recent time”. He praised the democratic process that produced him from the race that was equally populated by qualified people from the county but acknowledge that the resilience and hard work from the people of District #1 in Grand Gedeh County made it possible to go against and defeat the candidate of the ruling establishment that exhibited all the inducing powers to get things done their way.

“At this juncture, we want to pay glowing tributes to all those that made it possible starting from Nyonsuah (God), the arbiter of everything, the great people of District # 1, the Chairman of my party, Mr. Gabriel Salee and all those who made this journey possible. To NEC for standing the test of time to deliver on its promise for free and fair election. Of course the job must be done, so you should see me as a stranger or visitor in Monrovia, my actual place of work is in the County, specifically, District #1. I have to work hard and deliver the dividend of trust in the District, not Monrovia, that is my dwelling place” Mr. Gwion.

He said he will put high premium on reconciliation and get to the people with a message that the election was over and it was time to work for the interest of the people. He said he will maintain an open office and will appreciate those who were in the other camps to come forward with their suggestions on how to move the county forward.

He said he remains committed to the covenant he signed with the people of District # 1 that he will give back half of his salary to his people through the District Development County that will oversee impactful projects meant to alleviate the plights of the people. He said as soon as he gets inauguration, he begin work right away as his appetite to help his people is getter whetter.

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