UP Says Will Accept “Credible” Results -Calls for Calm in Lofa By-Election

MONROVIA– Hours before the National Elections Commission (NEC) announced its official provisional results of the Lofa County senatorial by-election on June 30, 2022, the opposition Unity Party (UP) had already called on its partisans, supporters and well-wishers to remain calm and peaceful.According to a UP press release, the former ruling party extended thanks and appreciation to the people of Lofa for the kind and peaceful manner in which they conducted themselves in the just ended senatorial bi- election, noting that the road has been challenging, but the people of Lofa stood up for democracy and their right to vote and decide their representation.

“The Unity Party is grateful to have been part of that process. The UP calls on all its partisans, supporters and well-wishers to remain calm and peaceful as we await the National Elections Commissions to announce the results. The Unity Party will accept the results once found credible; we urge all others to follow suit.

“Our profound appreciation goes out to the partisans and technical teams who are still working to ensure that the election was free and fair and the enfranchisement of the people of Lofa County was protected,” the UP stated categorically.

Meanwhile, the National Elections Commission has released the first provisional results of the Lofa County senatorial election in which Independent Candidate Cllr. Joseph Jallah obtained 20,484 votes, representing 40.61% of the total votes tallied; while Unity Party’s Galakpai is said to have obtained 16,666, representing 33.04% of the total votes tallied.

“The tally process began the following day, the same being 29 June, 2022 at our magisterial offices in Kolahun and Voinjama respectively in the presence of the candidates, agents and independent observers. The tallied results from both magisterial offices were transmitted to the data center of NEC headquarters where they were collated. We are pleased to announce officially that 83.92% of the results have been tallied,” Chairman Lansana stated during her yesterday Thursday press briefing, noting that the tallied results constitute 381 of 454 polling places, representing 83.92% of the total ballots cast in Lofa County.

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