Seesaw Battle In District 15
-Conflicting Accounts In Two Preliminary Results
-Error or New Calculation Mode
The National Elections Commission (NEC) is yet to conclude the July 29 by-election in Montserrado County Electoral District number 15; so far, the NEC has released two preliminary results characterized by what analysts described as “seesaw battle”.Although it is still unclear who will be announced winner in the representative by-election, one thing that is noticed is the way and manner NEC is releasing the figures.
In its first report announced, the NEC told the public that Abu Bana Kamara of the CDC obtained 5,515 votes, constituting 45.95 percent while Telia J. Urey of the All Liberian Party (ALP) obtained 4,548 votes representing 37.89 percent.
But the Elections Commission shocked many analysts who are closely following the release of the results in the District; according to its Friday preliminary results, Mr. Kamara obtained 5,417 votes representing 41.48 percent while his rival, Telia J. Urey obtained 5,573 votes with the percentage of 42. 68.
Concerns have begun to come out over the counting method used by NEC to drop the number of votes initially obtained by Mr. Kamara during the last results while putting Madam Urey ahead of Kamara; it is expected that percentages would be affected depending on the number of votes obtained by a candidate but not to descend as in the case of the Friday night results announced by the Commission.