One of those many controversial moments was a clash between the newly certificated River Cess County Senator and the Chairperson of the National Elections Commission (NEC), Madam Davidetta Brown-Lassanah. While making remarks prior to the official certification of the two Senators-elect, Botoe Kanneh of Gbarpolu and Geevon-Smith of River Cess, the Chairperson of the Commission reminded the latter of his utterances made prior to the recount of votes in the remaining 104 of the 111 polling centers. According to her, the River Cess Senator-elect remark that citizens of River Cess would sacrifice their sweat and blood if anything went wrong with the election result, did not augur well for the nurturing democracy of Liberia. She stated that the Commission has and will always continue to play that neutral role in the electoral process.
"We reiterate that the Commission is credible and will continue to be. We will not trade our integrity. This is what we do at all times. Therefore, as you will be coming up here to make statement, I urge you to take back your statement. All Liberians must commit themselves to the rule of law," the NEC Chair asserted. But in response to the NEC Chair, Geevon-Smith literally asserted that the comments were made out of anger and temptation meted against him in the process. He noted that his comments were just some of the emotions that come with the electoral process. The River Cess Senator-elect vowed to have a strong bond of cordiality with the Commission.
"Madam Chair, as you may be aware, elections come with emotions and this was an emotion of the election. The fact that Steve is with me here today proves that we have done with all of those politics and no one needs to be reminded of the past. We, River Cess people, are one people. In fact, of all the Commissioners here, you know me better because we have come a long way; we worked together for many years at the same entity," he said. "Again, our older people say when you tempt the little child too much to anger, that could lead him or her to insult. That's what temper can do and that is why it is not good to force people into anger," the newly certificated River Cess Senator defended his action. "But now at the level of the Liberian Senate, you can count on me to push your agenda. We are one people and closely interrelated," he, among other things, added.