-For Montserrado By-Elections
The ruling Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) has elected two of its partisans ahead of the impending Montserrado County Senatorial and electoral district 15 by-elections in the country.
Ms. Pauletta Wie and Abu Kamara were elected over the weekend by delegates during a primary held within the Borough of New Kru Town in district 16 Montserrado County.
As per the mandate, the two will represent the party in the pending Montserrado County by-elections scheduled for July 2, 2019.
Abu Kamara is opting to replace deceased Representative Adolph Lawrence of District 15 who died in a tragic motor accident on the Robertsfield Highway and had served just a year in the second term of his six years at the House of Representatives.
Kamara won on a white ballot after his contender withdrew from the race at the last minute of the primaries.
Kamara will now go against the candidate of the four collaborating political parties, the former ruling Unity Party, Liberty Party, the Alternative National Congress and the All Liberian Party, candidate Miss Telia Urey who has also been brought forth by the four collaborating opposition political parties
In 2017, Mr. Kamara attempted contesting against the late Representative Adolph Lawrence, but was denied by the Supreme Court for failing to comply with the Code of Conduct for public officials, during which time he Kamara was serving as Assistant Minister at the Ministry of Post and Telecommunications.
According to the Code of Conduct, appointed officials of government desiring to contest a national election must resign two years ahead of the elections, something he did not do.
Also, Paulita Wie lost the primaries to Rep. Munah Pelham Youngblood of Montserrado County District nine in 2017. Paulita Wie who currently served as Deputy Minister at the Ministry of Internal Affairs will represent the ruling party in the senatorial race after defeating four other candidates in the primaries.
Others who contested the primaries against her are Phil Dixon, Deputy Minister at the Ministry of Labor, Josephine Davies, Inspector General at the Ministry of Commerce, Sabah Jomah, and Nancy Yollah, a market woman from the Liberian Marketing Association who came neck-to-neck to Wie during the counting of results.
Wie obtained the total votes of 267, with Yollah the market woman coming next with the total amount of 219 votes, while Josephine Davies the Commerce Inspector obtained 7, Sabah Jomah obtained 92 votes of the total votes.
Out of the expected 780 delegates, 685 delegates voted in the process and there were 100 invalid votes.
Wie will now face Abraham Darius Dillon who has the backing of the four opposition political parties for the Montserrado County senatorial seat.
The seat became vacant as a result of the sudden death of the late Senator Geraldine Doe Sheriff who died in Accra, Ghana of this year.
In the presence of President George Weah, the New Kru
Town primaries appear to be arguably one of the most transparent primaries the CDC had held in its political life.
President Weah sat in his seat from afternoon hours to mid-night observing the process every step of the way without even taking a water break or attending to nature.
The Liberian leader encouraged partisans to unite and reclaim the vacant seat in the Senate, thus, the seat belongs to the party, CDC. TNR