CDC Youth League’s Koijee Tells Comrades To Keep Posture Of Peace
The Chairman of the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) Youth League, Jefferson Koijee, who is also Mayor of Monrovia, has called on his fellow partisans, mainly youth, to remain “party-disciplined” and resist temptations that could result into chaos amidst the Montserrado County By-elections results announcement.“Do not get involved in any act that is not in conformity with the party’s philosophy,” Koijee admonished his colleagues Wednesday as the CDC and opposition eagerly await the preliminary results from the combined Montserrado representative and senatorial elections to be announced by the National Elections Commission (NEC).
He was speaking to the press at the CDC headquarters at the time there was post-election tension brewing between supporters of CDC and the Liberty Party (LP) in Congo Town.
“No one should have the mindset that they have won any elections while NEC has not concluded the announcement of all the results; no one should lead people onto the streets and begin to threaten the peace of the country,” Koijee said.
According to him, it was important that the public and international partners understand that “during our twelve years in opposition, we protected the democracy of this country – we never threatened the peace nor provoked the stability of the people. We did not, at any time, choose our ambitions over the peace of this country.”
“We sacrificed our ambition for this country; at no point in time did President George Weah ever lead any demonstration in his capacity as political leader of the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC),” said Koijee as he encouraged the opposition to equally be cautious of the preservation of peace and democracy.
Meanwhile, the NEC, however, announced late Wednesday evening that candidate Darius Dillon of the LP obtained a total vote of 53,270 or 53.88 percent, while the Congress for Democratic Change candidate Paulitta C.C. Wie obtained 36,531 votes, representing 36.95% of the total valid votes of 98,860 in the Montserrado County Senatorial by-election.
The results announced by the NEC were drawn from 924 out of a total of 1790 polling places which constitute 51.62 of the total votes tallied so far.
A total of seven candidates are vying for the Montserrado Senatorial seat, which was made vacant as the result of the death of Senator Geraldine Doe-Sheriff.
As for the Representative by-election, which also has seven contestants, CDC Abu Bana Kamara obtained 5,515 votes, constituting 45.95 percent while Telia J. Urey of the All Liberian Party obtained 4,548 votes or 37.89 percent of the votes.
The total votes tallied account for to 69.15% and have been recorded from 65 out of a total of 94 polling places, NEC has said.
Hours before the announcement was made by NEC, persons loyal to CDC and those from the opposition LP engaged in throwing projectiles on a stretch of the Tubman Boulevard between the headquarters of the two parties.
They were, however, soon dispersed by the Liberia National Police.