The Local office of the National Election Commission (NEC) in Sinoe has commenced the tallying of elections results from the Special Senatorial and Representative by-election in the county.
The process, which started on Thursday afternoon, is currently ongoing and has in attendance Civil Society organizations, local leadership, party observers, national and international observers and the media.
According to Magistrate Nelson Shanon out of 152 pooling places 86 have reported so far, while others are on their way.
Magistrate Shanon attributed the late arrival of ballot boxes to the deplorable roads condition and other challenges in transporting the materials.
“You know the roads in Sinoe are all in bad conditions, even the materials coming from Monrovia was a problem because of this road issue. Material get to some of these places, you have to cross water, walk for six to five hours and these were all challenges that contributed to the late arrival of election materials at these places. We are very sorry to our people and we appreciate them for their patience and we are glad they waited and cast their ballots,” he said.
Mr Shannon then warned against pre-victory celebration and self-declaration by some candidate and supporters, as such an act could hamper the peace and security of the county.
He, therefore, wants citizens to remain patient as NEC is currently going through the process.
“We are hearing and seeing lots of candidates and supporters declaring themselves winners and are celebrating, that is bad, even if you know you are in the lead from your unofficial results still you have to wait on NEC provide the final results.”
Out of the 152 polling places only 17 have been tallied so far and put Cllr. Augustine S. Chea of the CDC in the lead followed by Independent Candidate Thomas Romeo Quioh.