Bong County Flag
Henrique Tokpa Backs-Off From Bong Senatorial Poll Re-run
By Philip T. Singbah, LINA Bong County Correspondent
GBARNGA, August 26 (LINA) - Former Bong County senatorial candidate, Dr. Henrique F. Tokpa, has withdrawn from the re-run senatorial election which results he contested and won at the Supreme Court.
Following a complaint he filed, the Supreme Court last month ruled in his favor and ordered the National Elections Commission to re-conduct the election at three polling precincts in electoral district seven.
But at a press conference held in Gbarnga Wednesday, Dr. Tokpa said his decision to step aside was based on a series of calls and meetings with youth groups, Chiefs, women and traditional leaders and his supporters appealing to him to forgo the re-run election to reduce political tension in the county.
“Some of these calls were constantly made by youths and other citizens on the community radio stations in our county,” he noted.
Tokpa said his intention to go to the Supreme Court was not because of his desperation for the senatorial position but to point out the malpractices that characterized the election in Bong County.
“There were several areas where similar election malpractices took place, but the Supreme Court considered three of such areas where the irregularities occurred to rule in our favor for a re-run,” the president of the Cuttington University said.
“I also sought redress from the Supreme Court to test the justice system as it relates to its stance on the election malpractices in our country - a legal process the Court was very meticulous in handling to ensure justice no matter one’s status in our society,” Dr. Tokpa stated.
The outgoing Cuttington University President praised the Supreme Court for the ruling and described the court’s action as “a victory for not just my supporters but the new democratic dispensation in Liberia.”
Dr. Tokpa encouraged the NEC to direct funding for the re-run election to the completion of the Bong County Technical College to further enhance academic activities in the country.
Dr. Tokpa praised his supporters for being peaceful and reiterated his commitment to working with them in support of all sectors of the county’s development.
“I will be leaving Cuttington University in September this year but I will remain a major player in the body politics of our county and country,” Tokpa said.