Female Candidate Wins River Cess’ First District

CESTOS, River Cess – Results from the National Elections Commission’s magisterial office in Cestos have shown that the incumbent Alfred Jweh of the Coalition for Democratic Change has lost to Rosanna Schaack of Liberty Party in the county’s first district.

From the 27 precincts in the district, Schaack obtained a total of 2,195 votes, while incumbent Jweh obtained 2,115.

The district was heavily contested, with 12 persons running, with Schaack being the only woman.

Schaack, the C.E.O. of the Touching Humanity Indeed of Kindness, contested for the senatorial seat of the county in 2011 but lost to Dallas Gueh.

Schaack is the second female to represent River Cess at the national legislature in six years.

In 2005, Elizabeth Williams won on the ticket of Unity Party. She was replaced by Francis Paye in 2011.

River Cess’ two seats were heavily contested for by 21 persons, including two women. In the county’s second district, incumbent Byron Zahnwea of Unity Party won with 5,281 votes, followed by Liberty Party’s Matthew Walley, who obtained 4,904 votes.

There are 58 precincts with 35,600 registered voters in River Cess, according to the National Elections Commission’s 2017 voter roll.

Eric Doue

Eric Opa Doue is a co-founder of Echo Radio Station, which does a series of programs in Bassa, Kru, and simple Liberian English. Under his leadership, Echo Radio was selected as one of the Moody Radio global partners for training opportunities in 2013 and 2014. Eric was one of a handful of reporters who received training from Internews in 2015 on humanitarian reporting during the Ebola outbreak in Liberia. He holds a diploma in Journalism, from the Ghana Institute of Journalism.

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