Unity Party’s Candidate Retained in River Cess’ 2nd District

CESTOS, River Cess – Reports coming from all 28 precincts in the second district in River Cess have indicated that incumbent, Byron Zahnwea, of the ruling Unity will be retained.

Reports being verified at the National Elections Commission’s magisterial office in Cestos City puts Zahnwhea in the lead with 5,337 votes, followed by Liberty Party’s Matthew Walley with 4,825 votes.

Though the results are yet to be verified by the NEC’s central office, supporters of Zahnwea have begun celebrating in Cestos.

The NEC magisterial office is tallying the results of the precincts to verify before announcing the official results.

In 2014, Zahnwea defeated Matthew Walley by fewer than 200 votes, giving Walley and supporters the hope that he could win the 2017 legislative election.

There is no official report from the first district, although unconfirmed reports say incumbent Alfred Jweh of the Coalition for Democratic Change is far behind Liberty Party’s Rosanna Shark and Unity Party’s Andrew Peters.

The two incumbents were being challenged by 17 candidates, including two females.

According to the NEC’s 2017 final voter roll, River Cess registered 35,600 voters.

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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