The Liberia News Agency (LINA) has reported that eleven candidates have declared their intentions thus far to contest the 2014 Mid-term Senatorial Election for Grand Cape Mount County. Ex-Minister of Lands, Mines and Energy, Dr. Eugene Shannon, himself an aspirant, broke the news to LINA in Robertsport, the country’s oldest county’s capital.
According to Dr. Shannon, the contenders for the October polls are former Representatives Mohammed Ware and Matthew Diablo, as well as former senator James Momo and another former Lands, Mines and Energy minister, Dr. Fodee Kromah. The rest are incumbent Senator Abel Massaley, the ruling Unity Party (UP) Chairman, Counselor Varney Sherman, Simeon Taylor, Journalist Roland Perry, Rita Kandakai and Joseph Segbo.
Dr. Shannon said it is the constitutional right of any individual who meets the guidelines of the National Election Commission to contest, but observed that that person must have the interest of the people at heart. He called on the citizens of Grand Cape Mount County to refrain from voting on the basis of favoritism, sectionalism, religious or political affiliation so that the right person will represent them in the Legislature.
The midterm senatorial elections are slated for October this year, the first of such in more than three decades in the country. It follows two democratic elections since the brutal Liberian civil war ended 11 years ago.