More New Faces to Surface at Capitol Building as More Incumbent Representatives Are Projected To Lose in Election

MONROVIA, Montserrado – Ahead of official pronouncements by the National Elections Commission, unofficial provisional results from some part of the country have signaled defeats for most incumbent lawmakers.

In Margibi, reports indicate that the county’s second and third district representatives, Ballah Zayzay and Stephen Kafi of the Unity Party, are far from finishing first in their respective districts.

Provisional results put independent candidate Ivar Jones in a comfortable lead. Meanwhile, Rep. Zayzay has conceded defeat and promised to accept official results from NEC.

Rep. Kafi is yet to make any official announcement. However, he is lagging behind Ellen Attoh of the Liberia People Party, although the results are still unofficial. The county’s fourth district representative, Ben Fofana also of Unity Party is the only incumbent poised to retain his seat in the legislature.

A huge wave of change of lawmakers is also said to be eminent in Bong. Provisional results released so far indicate only UP’s Prince Moyee of the second district and PUP’s Edward Kafiah of the county’s Fifth District are in a comfortable lead.

Far ahead of PUP’s Tokpa Mulbah, Bong’s fifth district incumbent lawmaker, Albert Hills of ALP is in a comfortable lead, while CDC’s Marvin Cole in the third district is likely to replace PUP’s Rep. George Mulbah.

In electoral district number four, UP representative candidate, Robert Wongbaye is pushing to replace Rep. Lester Paye of ANC. Similarly, Independent Candidate, Moima Briggs is far ahead of Rep. Bill Conneh of NPP in the county’s sixth electoral district.

At the same time, two opposition candidates, Andrew Tehmeh of Coalition for Liberia’s Progress and LP’s Foday Fahnbulleh are in the lead against the incumbent Korpu Barclay of UP.

In Grand Bassa, reports indicate that Liberty Party’s Gabriel Smith of the county’s third district, Byron Brown of electoral district four, who also contested on the Liberty Party’s ticket and the United People’s Party’s Robertson Siaway of Bassa’s Fifth District are likely to be replaced.

According to unconfirmed reports, Rep. Smith has also conceded defeat to CDC’s Matthew Joe on a community radio station in Buchanan. Independent Candidate, Vincent Willie and UP’s Thomas Goesuah are reportedly in the lead in the county’s fourth and fifth districts.

Meanwhile, Incumbents Rep. Mary Karwah of Bassa’s second district and the first district representative, Hans Barchue who is the current Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives are still at a comfortable lead in their districts.

Montserrado County is also expected to experience a transition to new leadership in several districts. The county’s first district representative, Josephine Francis of UP, is said to be losing to ANC’s Desiree Satia, as are CDC’s Acarus Gray and Mona Pelham of the eighth and ninth districts, respectively.

In Rivercess’ second district, provisional results so far have placed the incumbent Byron Zahnwhea of UP in the lead. MDR’s Jeremiah Koung of Nimba’s first district is also said to be the only lawmaker having a clear lead so far.

The National Elections Commission has said it will begin the pronouncement of official provisional results from Tuesday’s polls on Thursday.

Featured photo courtesy of David Stanley

Gbatemah Senah

Gbatemah is a graduate of the University of Liberia and a recipient of the Jonathan P. Hicks Scholarship for Mass Communications. In 2017, Senah won three Press Union of Liberia awards: Women's Rights Reporter of the Year, Legislative Reporter of the Year, and Land Rights Reporter of the Year. In 2018, he was also recognized as the Land Rights Reporter of the Year.

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