CDC’s Kamara Pulls Decisive Win
– Promises Not To Disappoint District #15 Residents
Thousands of partisans of the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) in District #15 on August 28 went wild after poll observers from the six quarantined precincts hinted citizens on the preliminary results of the rerun by-election.
The CDCians could not hold back their joy, with many of them proclaiming the beginning of an unspecified number of days of jubilation to celebrate the victory of their candidate Abu Bana Kamara.
From Logan Town Broad Street to Cow Factory, CDC partisans flooded the streets congratulating one another for a job well done.The first round of the voting took place on July 29, but Telia Urey of the Collaborating Political Parties complained the National Elections Commission (NEC) while counting of the ballot was in progress, alleging massive irregularities in the conduct of the poll.
The complaint was then forwarded to the NEC Hearing Office, which ruled a rerun at six precincts or 20 polling places, a decision candidate Kamara appealed against to the NEC Board of Commissioners that upheld the Hearing Officer’s ruling.
Kamara then further appealed to the Supreme Court but later withdrew the case, allowing the NEC to then set the rerun poll for August 28.
The by-election was called to find a replacement for the late Representative Adolph Lawrence who died in a tragic road crash along the Robertsfield highway sometime this year.
A young female supporter near Kamara’s compound averred: “Today our problems will be over with the election of Abu Kamara”; and like her, many of the young partisans are convinced that a Kamara leadership in District #15 will be the end of the backwardness of the district.
However, CDC partisans, particularly party Chairman Mulbah Morlu, including its deputy campaign manager for Political Affairs, Acarous Moses Gray, David Kolleh, Assistant Minister for Technical Services at the Ministry of Information and Dixon Seboe of District#16, did not express any surprise over the victory.
However, speaking at a press conference held at Kamara’s residence, he stated that he is overwhelmed and overexcited for the massive turnout by his supporters, assuring that he will not disappoint them.
Kamara with tears in his eyes extended his heartfelt thanks and appreciation to President George Weah, CDC Standard Bearer, and his executives for the huge support and trust reposed in him to serve his people.
He also acknowledged the chairman of the CDC, Mulbah Morlu, Montserrado Senator Saah H. Joseph, Representatives Acarous Gray, Fonati Koffa and Dixon Seboe for the support and courage given to him, adding, “I will not make you shame.”
Assuring residents, Kamara further stated that “all the promises I made during the electioneering period, I will fulfill so that my people will know that I didn’t come to play but to make development possible.”
For his part, Representative Gray appreciated the people of District #15 for putting smiles on the faces of all CDCians and for also restoring the hope that, he said, was lost and gone after Darius Dillon of Liberty Party was declared Senator-elect in the Montserrado Senatorial by-election.
Gray, however, thanked Chairman Morlu for the hard work he has undertaken since his ascendency to the post, noting that “as long that i am a member of the executive, nobody will replace you Morlu.”