Monrovia- As predicted by The Liberian Billboard days before the election, Hon. Saah Joseph, representative of Montserrado County District 13 won the county Senatorial By-election in a clear sweep; beating his rivals with a large margins.
Although the National Elections Commission has not announced the officials results, however, unofficial results from all war rooms of candidates plus observers and polling places have put Hon. Saah Joseph in a considerable lead, making him the clear winner of the Montserrado County Senatorial By-Election. On the other side of the Country in Bong County, the Senatorial seat left vacant by Vice President Jewel Howard-Taylor was won by Dr. Henrique Tokpah, former President of the Cuttington University. Unofficial results from Bong County puts Dr. Tokpah in a clear lead over his closest rival, Hon. Marvin Cole, a CDC sitting representative.
In the meantime, while Dr. Henrique Tokpah ran as an Independent candidate, the three leading opposition political parties are claiming his victory in Bong as an opposition victory. Dr. Tokpah who has been an avid Unity Party Partisan out of fear of rejection, ran as an independent candidate but was endorsed at the last minute by Unity Party, ANC and Liberty Party. These three parties who are now claiming Dr. Tokpah’s victory were never seen campaigning for him physically or on social media where most of Liberia’s political bickering is done.
Meanwhile, results of the just ended Senatorial election is both a win and a wake-up call for the President and the ruling party. The win in Montserrado means, the CDC is still popular in Liberia’s most populous county which also holds 36% of registered voters. Montserrado is usually the footstool of any winner in Liberia’s presidential elections, and past elections results can confirm that theory. However, the Bong County result is the opposite. During both rounds of the 2017 elections, the Coalition for Democratic Change won Bong with a whopping 40% and 64% simultaneously. This showed the CDC popularity in the county at that time. On the other hand, Dr. Tokpah’s win in Bong County is a challenge to that effect, especially a county where the current Vice President hails from and served as a popular Senator until her election to the Vice Presidency of the country. A dwindling popularity in Liberia’s third vote rich county is not a welcoming sign for a ruling party that have ruled for just a little over six months.
With two new Senators now elected, another by-election is pending as the Montserrado District 13 seat will be vacant once Hon. Saah Joseph is sworn in as Senator. When that election is conducted, the Liberian legislature will be fully completed thereby making all districts and counties fully represented as stated in the Liberian constitution.