Gbarpolu is a county in the northern portion of Liberia. It is one of 15 counties that comprise the first-level of administrative division in the nation. According to Rep. Koiwood, he is one hundred percent prepared and certain to win the county top elected position. Rep. Koiwood was speaking on Tuesday, July 29, 2020 in Bopolu City, Gbarpolu County following his overwhelming election in the ruling Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) Special Senatorial Primary in the county, which independent observers described as free, fair and transparent.
Lawmaker Koiwood, who is currently representing Gbarpolu County District #1 in the House of Representatives on the ticket of the ruling CDC, won the CDC’s ticket on a white ballot. Interestingly, 120 delegates drawn from the three electoral districts of Gbarpolu County, with 40 delegates that came from each of the three political parties that make up the ruling CDC voted in an open, free, fair and transparent election, which was witnessed by the public and other independent observers.
The three political parties that make up of the ruling CDC are the Congress for Democratic Change (CDC), the former ruling National Patriotic Party (NPP) and the Liberia People Democratic Party (LPDP). It can be recalled that the CDC last week formally kicked off its primaries across all electoral districts in the country order to select a candidate that would represent it at the ensuing Special Senatorial Election to be conducted across the country.
The much-publicized Special Senatorial Election is slated for December 8, 2020. Fifteen (15) senatorial seats are up for grasp, with most, if not all of the 15 senators, whose tenures would expirefew months from now, seeking reelection.
The ensuing election is in line with the Constitution, which is regarded as the organic of the country.
Speaking further, CDC’s candidate for the Gbarpolu County senatorial race described his election on a white ballot as a historical day for him. “ It is a historical day for me. I am very elated. In 2011 and 2017, I won on white ballots respectively in this same process. This is because of my works not only in my district, but the entire county,” the outspoken CDC’s lawmaker asserted.
While bragging of his achievements in his county, Rep. Koiwood said with the support of the party and government, he will ensure that his county is transformed in terms of good roads, better health care and other key necessities of life.
“We were downplayed by the recent past regime. See how deplorable the roads in Gbarpolu are and by extension the entire western region. We need a senator that will transfer the county. There will be a big transformation in Gbarpolu County if elected Senator 2020. I thank the people of Gbarpolu County for their overwhelming support and the special senatorial primary committee for a job well done,” Rep. Koiwood stated amid tremendous applause from his jubilant partisans and supporters.
“The CDC made me and we will in return give back to the CDC. I will do everything to justify the confidence reposed in me when I become your senator,” the prominent Gbarpolu citizen, among other things, added.
Earlier, the Co- Chairman of the CDC Special Primary Committee for the Western Region, Mr. Duannah Kamara, explained that the vetting process that led to election of the CDC’s candidate of Gbarpolu County, including Bomi County was very vigorous-you have to meet all guidelines.
According to him, the elections of Rep. Koiwood and Mr. Alex Tyler on the tickets of the CDC for Bomi and Gbarpolu Counties respectively demonstrate the highest transparency in the CDC’s primaries in the region. Kamara, who is the Managing Director of the Liberia Water and Sewer Corporation (LWSC), pledged that the CDC will do everything to ensure that the party sweeps the senatorial seats in the western region. While commending the Standard Bearer of the CDC, Dr. George Manneh Weah and the entire CDC for their support, called on the people of the western region to translate their overwhelming support into votes at the polls on December 8, 2020.
The LWSC boss also thanked the Minister of State for Presidential l Affairs, Mr. Nathaniel McGill for his support to the process and encouraged him to demonstrate that during the campaigns in the western region, making specific reference to Gbaorpolu County, saying: “as an eminent son of Gbarpolu County, we call on him to put all his energy and efforts during the campaigns, the elections in the western region are very important for the ruling CDC.”
With the huge turnout for the primaries in Bomi and Gbarpolu Counties, I am certain that CDC will sweep the elections in western Liberia,” he bragged. Like Rep. Koiwood, the Co-Chairman of the CDC Special Primary Committee for the Western Region, thanked the CDC’s partisans and supporters during the primaries in Bomi and Gbarpolu Counties for their huge turnout and expressed the hope of similar turnout in Grand Cape Mount County today, Thursday, July 30, 2020.
For his part, Mr. Randall Copper, who represented the governing council of the CDC at the Gbarpolu Primary, also thanked the CDC’s partisans and supporters for their massive support during the Gbarpolu primary, stressing that this shows that the CDC is still strong not only in Gbarpolu, but also in Bomi and Grand Cape Mount Counties.
The governing council of the CDC is the highest decision making of the ruling coalition. Randall, a founding members of the NPP, made it clear that the CDC primaries across the country were overwhelming endorsed by the governing council, which includes the three parties-CDC, NPP and LPDP.
He said President Weah and Vice President Jewel Howard-Taylor and all executive members of ruling Coalition support the ongoing CDC’s primaries. Commenting on reports that Senator Armah Jallah of Gbarpolu County is seeking reelection on the NPP’s ticket, he dismissed said reports and clarified that the NPP, which is part of the Coalition, supports only one candidate for the Gbarpolu senatorial seat, which is Rep. Koiwood.
He said Senator Jallah in fact did not apply for the candidacy and the only person that officially applied in line with the guidelines is the Rep. Koiwood who emerged victorious in the process. He again reaffirmed the NPP’s unflinching support to Coalition, adding that the three parties remain committed to enhancing Liberia’s democracy through unity and partnership.