Liberia: Ruling Party Selects Candidate for Montserrado County By-Election
Monrovia – Congress for Democratic Change preferred candidate for the upcoming Representative by-election for Montserrado County’s Electoral District 13, John J. Weah says, “unison is the hallmark for fostering development” in the district.
Report by Willie N. Tokpah, [email protected]
Weah told cross section of partisans in the district just after his election on the party’s ticket Tuesday, October 2, that developmental activities earmarked by the George Weah administration will not become a reality in the absent of unison. The by-election is expected to be held on November 20.
“We call for the support of everybody that lives in district 13 because without your support, development will not go on smoothly. We are calling for your support in these elections to continue the legacy left behind by Senator Saah Joseph,” Weah said.
The primary was held at the party’s District 13 office in the New Georgia area.
Mr. Weah won the CDC district 13 primary ahead of three other contestants with 29 votes out of a total 45 votes cast.
Wilmot Smith, one of the contestants, came closer to Weah with a total of 15 votes count while Andy Jallah got one vote count. Two other contestants, Siah Tandapolie and Amos Ndoborkpehe, did not get a single vote.
He further expressed delight over the manner in which the process was conducted, calling for his colleague support in the upcoming elections.
“This is the most transparent free and fair election I have ever witnessed in my lifetime. My colleagues who were not successful, I want to say that we are not opponents, all of us are partisans, let us join efforts for a single victory,” Weah noted.
Mr. Weah contested in district’s 2011 elections and came second to Saah Joseph who is now in the Liberian Senate.
Following the primary, candidates who participated in the process promised to support Weah in the upcoming election.
Siah Tandapolie, one of the contestants resolved to back off from the upcoming byelections and promised her support to Mr. Weah, saying, “Let me say thanks to the election committee for a transparent election. That’s the beauty of democracy, and to Mr. John J. Weah, I want to assure my support to you in the upcoming byelection with all my strength. As a true partisan I remain loyal to CDC.”
Another candidate in the race Andy Jallah, noted that the result of the primary shows that partisans of the CDC in Montserrado County District 13 believe in the candidacy of Mr. Weah.
For his part, defeated candidate Wilmot Smith who was a serious contender to Weah also graded the process as unique and a procedure that display democracy.
Meanwhile, the Commissioner of the Township of Gardenesville, Moses Wreh has cautioned residents of the district to uphold the spirit of discipline and remain calm in exercising their political franchise in the upcoming polls.
Commissioner Wreh said despite political diversity, the interest of Montserrado County District 13 must be the hallmark of its residents, calling for more development in the area.