NEC Declares Dillon, Samukai As Winners

NEC Declares Dillon, Samukai As Winners

MONROVIA, LIBERIA -The National Elections Commission (NEC) has declared Incumbent Senator Abraham Darius Dillon and former Defense Minister Brownie Jeffrey Samukai, both of the main opposition political force, Collaborating Political Parties as winners of the Special Senatorial Election for Montserrado and Lofa Counties respectively.

Senator Dillon was re-elected to the Liberian Senate by obtaining 206,368 votes which constitute 61.30 percent of the total valid votes cast. His main rival, Montserrado County Electoral District #5 Representative, Thomas P. Fallah of the ruling Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) got 120,405 votes, accumulating to 35.76 percent. The final announcement of the winner of the Montserrado County Special Senatorial Election comes on the heel of the completion of counting processes for all 1,983 polling centers within the county.

“The Board of Commissioners of the National Elections Commission declares Candidate Abraham Darius Dillon of the CPP with 206,368 votes constituting 61.30 percent, as winner of the Special Senatorial Election for Montserrado,” declared the Chairperson of the NEC, Madam Davidetta Brown-Lassanah. The country’s electoral body said it has completed counting and tallying of votes at all 454 polling centers in Lofa County and that former Defense Minister Samukai has won the race with a total votes of 20,431 or 31.80 percent of the total valid votes county, while his closest challenger, Cllr. Joseph K. Jallah, an Independent candidate obtained 13,968, which is 21.74 percent.

The Commission also completed the process for Sinoe County with incumbent Senator Augustine Chea of the CDC re-elected to the position. The Sinoe County lawmaker obtained 7,059, which is 43.6 percent of the votes, while Independent Candidate Thomas Romeo Quioh finished in second place with 5,029 votes, amounting to 29.41 percent. There are still four polling centers where voting has not taking place out of the 144 centers in Gbarpolu County. However, with the 140 centers’ result tallied, Incumbent Candidate Botoe Kanneh is ahead with 4,767 votes or 25.79 percent, while Representative Alfred Koiwood o the CDC has 4,281 or 22.16 percent.

Similar case is with Grand Gedeh County as only 168 centers of the 174 centers, constituting 96.55 percent tallied. But with the current result, Electoral District #2 Representative Emmanuel Zoe Pennue of the CDC is heading for victory with 7,951 or 40.77 percent. His main contender Thomas YayaNimley of the Liberia Reformation Party (LRP) has 5,722 votes, which is 29.34 percent. In a related development, the National Elections Commission has announced Mr. Frank Saah Foko of the CDC winner of the Montserrado County Electoral District #9 Representative By-election.


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