Liberia: PUP Candidate Takes Early Lead in Cape Mount County Senatorial By-Election
Robertsport, Grand Cape Mounty County – Preliminary results released by poll workers assigned by the National Elections Commission (NEC) have placed the candidate of the People’s Unification Party (PUP), Victor Varney Watson, ahead of the remaining candidates in the Grand Cape Mount County Senatorial by-election.
The vacancy for the Grand Cape Mount County Senatorial election was caused by the death of Senator Edward B. Dagoseh.
The late Senator, died at the John F. Kennedy Memorial Hospital in Sinkor, Monrovia, reportedly of cancer.
Until his death, he was an Executive Committee Member of the former ruling Unity Party (UP).
Unfortunately, he was among the eight UP senators of the 30-member Senate, who were suspended by the party for their role played in the removal of former Associate Justice Kabineh Ja’neh.
The late Grand Cape Mount Senator formerly served as Deputy Minister at the Ministry of Youth and Sports; in a senior position at the Ministry of Finance before it was merged with the Ministry of Planning and Economics Affairs.
Seven (7) candidates, including two (2) females contested the by-election on Saturday, October 5, 2019.
They include: Mathew Darblo of the Vision for Liberia Transformation (VOLT), Kula Fofana of the Coalition for Liberia’s Progress (CLP), Daoda Metzger, an independent candidate, Simeon Taylor of the Alternative National Congress (ANC), Dabah Varplah of the Unity Party, Victor Watson of the People’s Unification Party (PUP), and Sando Wayne of the United People’s Party (UPP).
Out of 103 polling places tallied from the 171 polling places across Grand Cape Mount County, Mr. Watson accumulated the total votes of 4,417.
Mr. Simeon Taylor, candidate of the Alternative National Congress (ANC), is the closest rival to the PUP candidate.
He obtained the total of 3,013 votes.
The candidate of the United People’s Party (UPP), Sando Wayne got 1,802 votes, while Dabah Mabande Varpilah of the former ruling Unity Party (UP) obtained 1433 votes from the total number of valid votes tallied
Matthew Darblo of the Vision for Liberia Transformation (VOLT) also accumulated 1048 votes.
Votes from Robertsport
Robertsport is the capital city of Grand Cape Mount County. It is the most populated area in the county.
There were two (2) voting precincts in Robertsport City.
They include: the Islamic Model School (IMS) with Code # 12064, Robertsport High School (RHS) Code # 12063.
Four (4) and two (2) polling centers respectively were hosted at IMS and RHS.
Out of the total number of valid votes tallied from the six (6) polling places in the area, UP Dabah Varpilah accumulated the highest votes of 336, followed by PUP Victor Varney Watson with 150 votes, and Kula Fofana of CLP with 122 votes.
At Latia Public School voting precinct # 12054, low voters’ turnout was reported.
The precinct has two (2) polling places.
At the two (2) polling places, candidate Sando Wayne of UPP defeated his closest rival, Dabah Varpilah of UP 106 votes to 24.
In Madina Town, low turnout was also reported.
The Madina Public School with precinct # 12040, hosted four (4) polling places.
Out of the total number of votes tallied, UP Dabah Varpilah slightly topped her archrivals with the total of 95 votes.
Matthew Darblo of VOLT accumulated 81 votes, followed by Victor Varney Watson of PUP with 76 votes.
Meanwhile, the National Elections Commission (NEC), is expected to commence the announcing of preliminary results from the Grand Cape Mount County Senatorial by-election early this week.