2021 By-election: Citizens of Nimba Electoral District #1 set for Poll Today

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Ganta, Nimba County__ Citizens of Nimba County’s Electoral District #1 are set to go to the poll today to elect the next representative in the Tuesday, November 16, 2021 By-election.

Six candidates are line-up on the ballot to replace former representative now Senator, Mr. Jeremiah Kpan Koung.

The District’s hot seat was left vacant following Koung’s ascendency to the Upper House of Parliament in the December 8, 2020 Special Senatorial Elections (SSE).

Senator Koung was formally enshrined into office in May of this year after a long-lasting court battle between one of his prime opponents Madam Edith Gongloe-Weh and the National Elections Commission (NEC) on the other hand.

Since that time, the District has been without a voice at the House of Representatives.

It is against this backdrop that citizens of the Nimba’s most populous District, especially eligible voters will be going to different polling centers today to cast their votes.

The election is a very tough one as the six candidates who are vying for the post have three former defeated candidates alongside three newcomers.

The six candidates are: Hon. Samuel Nyakemah Brown Sr., Attorney Lawrence Sua, and Prof. Francis Nyah Maweah Sr.
Others are, Miss Abigal Kou Laikarnu Freeman, Mr. Larry Loumbay Teah, and Rev. Z. Lakpoh Dahn.

Hon. Brown, Attorney Sua, and Prof. Maweah are the three former defeated candidates who are still eyeing the seat.

Miss Freeman, Mr. Teah, and Rev. Dahn are the three newcomers testing the District #1 political water for the first time.

Abigal Freeman is the lone female candidate and youngest amongst the six contestants.

She is also the youngest ever contestant in the political history of the District.

Sample of the ballot paper for the By-election
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Sample of the ballot paper for the By-election

Hon. Samuel N. Brown is number one on the ballot, followed by Rev. Z. Lakpoh Dahn. Hon. Abigal is third with Prof. Maweah seated at number 4.

Attorney Sua is number 5, while Hon. Larry Teah is number 6.

A total of thirty-seven thousand, four hundred fifty-seven (37,457) registered and eligible voters according to the National Elections Commission (NEC) are expected to turn out at various polling sites today to participate in the decision making.

Poll will officially open at 8 o’clock A.M. and close by 6 o’clock P.M. on today Tuesday, 16 November.

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