After a long legal fight between Nimba County’s Senatorial Candidate Madam Edith Gongloe-Weh and the National Elections Commission (NEC) of Liberia, the supreme court of Liberia on Thursday, April 8, reaffirmed the NEC’s decision and confirmed Mr. Jeremiah Koung as the winner of the December 8 Senatorial election in Nimba County.
The supreme court in its ruling stated that the complaints filed by the lone female contestant in the last year’s election lacked legal backings and were based on mere allegation
Following the December 8, 2020 midterm polls, Madam Weh filed a complaint calling for a recount and a re-run in some parts of the county as a result of alleged irregularities and frauds.
After nearly two months of looking into the matter at the NEC, the Board of Commissioner of the electoral body declared and reaffirm Madam Weh’s main contender Koung was the winner of the electio
Not satisfied with the NEC’s decision, the former Nimba County’s superintendent forwarded her case to the Supreme Court.
Following the Supreme Court’s decision on Thursday, Madam Gongloe-Weh in a live Facebook podcast on her official social media page promised to respect the court’s final stand on the issue.
“We started a struggle…a process…a journey from the December 8 election. We filed a protest and we followed through with the process beginning at the election commission through to the Supreme Court of the Republic of Liberia.
“The Court has spoken and we respect the Rule of Law, and so we respect the decision of the Court,” Madam Gongloe-Weh said.
After yielding to the Court’s decision, the Madam finally accepted the result and called on the people of Nimba, particularly her supporters to always follow the law whenever they feel disenchanted in any process rather than taking law into their own hands.
Madam Gongloe-Weh further appreciated her supporters for standing by her throughout the process and encouraged them to remain concentrated on building the future of Nimba County
“We now have a new senator, Hon. Jeremiah Koung, and so we’ve worked with him. I appreciate every one of you for your support towards this process.”
Madam Weh has now conceded three consecutive electoral defeats in Nimba County since 2011 when she first lost to outgoing Nimba County’s Senator Thomas S. Grupee
In 2014, she again lost the senior Senatorial post to current Senator Prince Yormie Johnson
In those elections, Madam Weh has always come second.