By: R. Joyclyn Wea
MONROVIA-Former Superintendent of Nimba County and a lead competitor in the December 8, 2020 special senatorial and referendum elections madam Edith Gongloe Weh has warned that the denial of legitimate winner can lead to confrontation in a country. She also said that state sponsored candidates were tormenting strong women to leave politics.
Madam Weh made the statement Thursday January 28, 2021 at YWCA in oldest Congo Town. Madam Weh noted that what is more troubling in the conduct of elections in Liberia, is the way state- sponsored candidates have proceeded in targeting strong female candidates to frighten them into submission.
Madam Weh mentioned that what happened in Nimba and Gbarpolu were not isolated events, rather a calculated attempt to silence the voices of women in politics and squash the hard-earned legacy of Former Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.
Former President, Madam Sirleaf according to Madam Gongoloe_Weh did one important thing in this country and Africa in general ;that she (Sirleaf) empowered women and gave them the courage to venture into politics and shift the troubling narratives of the continent and the country.
She continued: “What an affront! They have always charged that women do not support women. That story was challenged in the just-ended mid-term election in some counties. The women of Nimba and Gbarpolu Counties stood up and voted. Their votes have been manipulated and we on their behalf want answers.”
Madam Weh indicated that these election cases involving women are serious and critical matter, thus reminding all that unresolved fraud in election is a recipe for chaos.
She further recounted; “It was the result of a rigged election in 1985 that set Liberia on the path to 14 years of self-destruction, which cost over 250 thousand precious lives of citizens and residents of this country noting “Like Gbarpolu, Sinoe and all the counties of Liberia, women must form a part of the leadership equation of our respective counties.”
At the moment, Madam Weh has challenged the outcome of the election in which Representative Jeremiah Koon became winner
She is currently before the Board of Commissioners of the National Elections Commission over issues of irregularities and fraud resulting from the just ended election in few polling centers in the county. The female candidate is further calling for a rerun or recount of the votes at those questionable centers, but the NEC is yet to come down with any determination to that effect thus leaving her in fear.