Bong Retires Five of Seven Lawmakers

GBARNGA, Bong – Provisional results released by the National Elections Commission on Sunday indicate that five of Bong’s seven representatives have lost their seats at the National Legislature.

Representatives Prince Moye and Edward Karfiah of the second and fifth districts, respectively, were the only two incumbents retained.

Bong registered 208,250 voters, ranking third after Montserrado and Nimba in terms of voting population in Liberia.

In Bong’s first district, incumbent Tokpa J. Mulbah of the People’s Unification Party lost to Albert Hills Jr. of the All Liberian Party. Votes tallied from all 77 polling places in the district put Hills ahead with 7,523 while Mulbah finished in the fourth position with 2,804.

In district three, Rep. George Mulbah, who was opting for a third term, was defeated by Marvin Cole, a former mayor of Gbarnga who was dismissed by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf late last year, barely three months after his appointment.

Cole, a candidate on the ticket of the Coalition for Democratic Change, secured 5,899 votes of all 76 polling places in the district while Mulbah of the People’s Unification Party, received 1,876, finishing in the fifth position.

Unity Party’s Robert Womba got 4,232 of the votes counted from the 70 polling places in Bong’s fourth district while incumbent Lester Paye of the Alternative National Congress sheltered 3,471, emerging in the second position.

Independent candidate Moima Briggs Mensah overwhelmed district six incumbent Adam Bill Corneh with 6,210 votes of all 66 polling rooms whereas Corneh, a CDC candidate, sealed the fourth position with 1,279 votes.

In district seven, All Liberian Party’s Papa Kolleh beat incumbent Corpu Barclay of the Unity Party 3,791 to 1,882 votes of the tally done at the 75 polling places in the district.

Ahead of the official pronouncement of results by the National Elections Commission on October 25, legislative candidates with the highest votes in the various districts have begun initiating unofficial celebrations across Bong in anticipation of the final announcement.

Featured photo by Moses Bailey

Moses Bailey

Moses started his journalism career in 2010 as a reporter at Radio Gbarnga. In 2011, the Press Union of Liberia recognized him as the Human Rights Reporter of the Year. In 2017, he was the Development Reporter of the Year. He is also an Internews Health Journalism Fellow. Moses is also the regional coordinator for NAYMOTE-Liberia, an organization working with youth to promote democratic governance.

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