The elections were conducted by the National Elections Commission (NEC), the body clothed with the statutory responsibility to conduct elections for elected public offices within the boundary of Liberia.
It can be recalled that Mr. Abraham Darius Dillon, who was fielded by the LP and supported by the other three collaborating parties, was pronounced winners of the race Senatorial race ahead of his closest contender, Madam Paulita C.C. Wie of the ruling establishment (CDC), finished in a distant second with just 63,971 votes, which constitute 34.77% of the total valid votes cast.
However, the seat for the Representative seat for District #15 is yet to be decided because the NEC was only able to announce provisional results from 74 of the 94 polling places, which represent results from 78.7% of the polling places in the district due to complaints that are currently being investigated by the Independent Dispute Hearing Office.
As a result of the complaints, the remaining 20 polling centers, which constitute 21.3% of polling places are currently quarantined and will not be announced until the investigation is completed.
“Let me remind you that these complaints were filed by Mr. Geeplay Seedey G. Monboe of the Telia Urey/ALP Campaign Team at four precincts with codes: 30136, 30135, 30186, and 30437. The second set of complaints were filed by Candidate Bishop Slebo Frank at precincts with codes 30188 and 30132,” said Cllr. Jerome George Korkoya, Chairman of the NEC.
With the current result, Madam Telia Urey of the ALP is slightly ahead of the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) candidate, Mr. Abu B. Kamara, with 5,573 votes or 42.68%, while the latter has 5,417 or 41.48% of the total valid votes count.
And with the remaining 21.3% of polling places to be decided, Liberians, especially residents of Electoral District #15 are eagerly awaiting the results.
Meanwhile, the elections are triggered by Article 37 of the 1986 Liberian Constitution, which is regarded as the organic law of the country.
Article 37 of the Liberian Constitution states that: “In the event of a vacancy in the Legislature caused by death, resignation, expulsion or otherwise, the presiding officer shall within 30 days notify the Elections Commission thereof. The Elections Commission shall not later than 90 days thereafter cause a by-election to be held; provided that where such vacancy occurs within 90 days prior to the holding of general elections, the filling of the vacancy shall await the holding of such general elections.”
In accordance with this article, a vacancy was created at the Lower and Upper Houses of the Liberia Legislature (House of Representatives and House of Senate) following the deaths of Representative Adolph A. Lawrence and Senator Geradine Doe-Sheriff respectively.
Rep. Lawrence died in a tragic motor accident March 25 at the Tower Hill Community in Margibi after celebrating his birthday the previous day in Buchanan, Grand Bassa County.
Sen. Doe also died at the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital in Accra, Ghana in late February of this year, following a period of illness.