11 Incumbent Senators Rejected -3 Retained

11 Incumbent Senators Rejected -3 Retained

MONROVIA, LIBERIA -Like previous Senatorial Elections, the results of the 2020 Special Senatorial Elections have proven likewise, as majority of the incumbent Senators, who sought re-election, were rejected by their constituents (counties). Results released by the country’s electoral body, the National Elections Commission (NEC) indicate that 11 of the sitting of the 14 Senators, who sought re-election to the Capitol Building-seat of the Liberian Legislature, were voted out by their citizens.

The three incumbent Senators re-elected at the just ended December 8 polls include: Nyonblee Karnga-Lawrence of Grand Bassa, and Abraham Darius Dillon of Montserrado County, both of whom, are from the main opposition political force, the Collaborating Political Parties (CPP), and Augustine Chea of Sinoe County, who is from the ruling Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC). On the other side of the divide, 11 incumbent Senators were rejected. They include: Senators Dallas Gueh of River Cess (CDC), Matthew N. Jaye of River Gee (IND), Peter Coleman of Grand Kru County (CDC), SandoDazoe Johnson of Bomi (CPP), Thomas S. Grupee of Nimba and Movement for Progressive Change (MPC) and Henry Willie Yallah of Bong (CDC).

Others are: Victor V. Watson of Grand Cape Mount (CDC), H. Dan Morias of Maryland (IND), Oscar A. Cooper of Margibi County (IND), George T. Tengbe of Lofa (CDC) and Armah Z. Jallah of Gbarpolu and People’s Unification Party (PUP). Grand Gendeh County Senator Alphonso Gaye of the Unity Party (UP) and CPP by extension was the only Senator among the 15 who did not seek re-election. Results of the just ended of the just ended Special Senatorial Elections are not far from previous elections conducted for the House of Senate, otherwise known as the Upper House of the Liberian Legislature.

It could be recalled that only two of the 14 Senators, namely; Geradine Doe Sheriff and Joseph Nagbe of Montserrado and Grand Counties respectively, who went for re-election in the 2011 Presidential and Legislative Elections, were successfully re-elected. Then Bong County Senator Franklin O. Siakor did not go for re-election, because he contested as a vice presidential candidate to the late Charles Walker Brumskine of the Liberty Party. The others included Nathaniel K. Innis Sr. LP of Grand Bassa County (LP), George Dee Moore of River Cess County (LP), Blamo N. Nelson of Grand Kru County and of the Alliance for Peace and Democracy (APD), William C. Sandy of Grand Gedeh County (UP), Richard B. Devine of Bomi (UP) and Daniel Flomo Naathen Sr. (UP) were defeated.

The other defeated Senators were James K. Momoof Grand Cape Mount (National Patriotic Party (NPP), Roland C. Kaineof Margibi (CDC), Adolphus S. Dolo of Nimba County (UP), Gloria Maya MusuScott of Maryland County (UP) and FombaKanneh of Lofa County and All Liberia Coalition Party (ALCOP). Also in the 2014 Special Senatorial Election only two of the 13 sitting Senators were re-elected. The two Senators re-elected were current Vice President Jewel Howard Taylor of Bong County (NPP) and Prince Yormie Johnson of Nimba County (IND).

Former President Pro-Tempore of the Liberian Senate and Grand County Senator, Cletus S. Wotorson and Isaac N. Nyenabo of Grand Gedeh did not go for re-election at the time, meaning only two of the 13 sitting senators returned. Those defeated included: Milton Gbezohngar Findley of Grand Bassa (UP), Jay JonathanBanney of River Cess (UP), Lahai G. Lassanah of Bomi and the National Democratic Party of Liberia (NDPL), Joyce Musu Freeman of Montserrado (IND) and Theodore Momo of Gbarpolu (UP). The rest were: Abel M. Massalayof Grand Cape Mount (NPP), Clarice Apha Jah of Margibi County (LP), John A. Ballout of Maryland (UP), the late Frederick Doe Cherue of River Gee (UP), and Sumo G. Kupee of Lofa (UP).






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