Monrovia – The Board of Commissioners of the National Elections Commission (NEC), has declared candidates of the opposition Collaborating Political Parties (CPP), in Montserrado and Lofa in the just-ended special senatorial elections, as winners of both counties.
Abe Darius Dillon, the CPP’s candidate in Montserrado accumulated 206,368 votes accounting for 60.38 percent of a total valid vote of 336,678, while the party’s Lofa County candidate, Brownie Jeffery Samukai obtained 20,431 votes, amounting to 31.80 percent of a total valid vote of 64,252.
Ahead of the NEC official declaration Tuesday, ruling party candidate Thomas Fallah had conceded defeated and congratulated Dillon.
The defeated CDC candidate in Montserrado
In his congratulatory message at the Congo town Headquarters of the CDC, Fallah congratulated his CPP counterpart for his victory in the just-ended special senatorial election in Montserrado and wished Dillon well.
He reminded Dillon that elections are over and now was the time to work for the common goal of the country.
Fallah intoned that Liberia is a thriving democracy in Africa, and as such, all Liberian must collectively continue to work to ensure a sane and peaceful environment, stating that “we have one country to fight for and one peace to protect.”
The Montserrado county electoral district #5 Representative in the House of representatives lamented that even though the result of defeat was not the expected result for his camp, but the Liberian people have spoken and it is a clear message to understand which he said the ruling party must respect by all cost.
“My heart goes out to all our partisans who worked and campaigned tirelessly throughout Montserrado County. You are the backbone of the CDC and without you we are nothing. I know you are heartbroken by this result but I encourage you to use this moment to self-reflect, Fallah said.
He urged fellow partisans and supporters to use whatever anger the results against him might have triggered, not to tear down each other but to strengthen the CDC ahead the 2023 general and presidential elections, saying, “we must never forsake our party.”
Meanwhile, in Sinoe County, the CDC candidate Augustine Chea has been declared winner of the special senatorial election.
According to NEC chairperson Davidetta Browne-Lassana, Chea accumulated 7,459 votes, accounting for 43.62 percent of a total valid vote of 17,098.