NEC Declares Kamara Winner Of District #15 By-Election
The National Elections Commission (NEC) has declared Abu B. Kamara of the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) winner for the Montserrado County District #15 representative by-election.
According to NEC, Kamara accumulated the total of 8,678 votes, representing 49.2 percent, while Telia Urey of the All Liberian Party obtained 6,868 votes or 38.9 percent of the total votes.NEC acting Chairman Jonathan Weedor, following the pronouncement of the results on Thursday, lauded residents of District #15 for casting their votes in a peaceful manner.
Kamara’s victory comes following controversies that surrounded the July 29 first phase of the by-election in the district which led to a rerun in six precincts (20 polling places) on August 28.
The rerun was the result of NEC Hearing Officers and Board of Commissioners ruling into a complaint filed against the conduct of the poll by candidate Telia Urey of the All Liberian Party to the NEC while the ballot counting process was in progress.
Urey complained against NEC for what she termed as “several irregularities” that occurred during the conduct of the July 29 by-election.
NEC hearing officer Mauna Ville, in his ruling, stated that the petitioners failed to prove their allegations against the commission.
Cllr. Ville, however, stated that the hearing chamber believes that the ballots that were quarantined as the result of the complaint could have been tempered with given the fact the NEC Data Center Director failed to give the exact time and date the ballots were sealed.
He, therefore, called for a rerun in the affected places within ten days, a ruling that candidate Abu Kamara of the ruling CDC took exception to and filed an appeal to NEC Board of Commissioners.
The Board, however, upheld the ruling of the Hearing officers that called for a rerun in the affected areas.
Candidate Kamara then filed another appeal to the Supreme Court of Liberia, but later withdrew the case, a move that led to NEC setting August 28 as the date for the rerun.
Urey, however, conceded to an early defeat on Wednesday before the NEC could announce the official results.
“Against so many odds and evil, we fought fiercely, not for personal gains, but for a better district and a better Liberia. We may have lost this election but we have won the confidence and trust of our people. Our fight will continue for the rest of our lives,” she stated in a Facebook post Wednesday evening.
The by-election was intended to fill the vacancy left by the death of Representative Adolph Lawrence, who died in a car crash along the Robertsfield Highway in Margibi County sometime this year.