Report: Liberians drag feet on Senatorial By-Election, as poor turnout reported

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Monrovia- Reports reaching The Liberian Billboard states, the Senatorial By-elections currently ongoing in Montserrado and Bong Counties are seeing very poor turnouts.

Our reporters in Monrovia who traveled at various polling places said some polling places were literally empty, with only polling staff of the National Election Commission present. Our reporters observed that marketers were seen selling while other people were sitting at entertainment centers having some drinks. When one of our reporters made contact with Mr. Mathew Johnson of Gbarnga, Bong County, he told The Liberian Billboard, “My brother, when we go vote, and whoever win, nothing will still change. It is better I use that time to enjoy myself”. Mr. Johnson further told our staff that he doesn’t believe any candidate in any of the races can make a difference. A marketer at the Nancy Doe market in Jorkpentown, Sinkor, Sarah Togba said, “Look my brother (referring to our reporter), the time I taking to go make somebody eat free money, I can use that time to find food for my children to eat”.

The By-Elections being held today are for the purpose of filling the vacant seats in the Senate as a result of President George Weah and Vice President Jewel Howard-Taylor election to the Liberian Presidency and Vice Presidency respectively. Both President Weah and Vice President Howard-Taylor were Senators representing Montserrado and Bong Counties. The Montserrado County Senatorial election is the one being closely watched as the county is a ruling party stronghold and the seat being contested is the one vacated by President George Weah. Hon. Saah Joseph a sitting representative from the ruling Coalition for Democratic Change is being closely challenged by Liberian Entertainment Personality and Disco Jockey, Bernard “DJ Blue” Benson.

Results of the election are expected to be announced later this evening and polls are expected to close by 6:00pm.