Liberian Women Raise Over US$ 3k to Give Boto Fair Justice

by Staff Writer

Monrovia – The women of Liberia have raised over three thousand United States dollars to help ensure Gbarpolu County Senator-elect Boto Konneh gets justice at the Supreme Court of Liberia, the final arbiter of justice in the land.

Madam Konneh has been engulfed with lawsuit at the National Elections Commission (NEC) since her win in the December 8 special senatorial election and the January 15, 2021  re-run election in Gbarma district, Gbarpolu County.

She was dragged at the NEC, first point of contact for electoral dispute by one of her male contender Alfred Koiwoo of the Coalition for Democracy Change on grounds of causing election violence in the county during the just ended process.

On February 24, 2021 the Board of Commissioners of the National Elections Commission ruled nullifying its hearing officer verdict thus ordering a full scale investigation into Alfred Koiwoo, the ruling establishment candidate complains.

The Board, in its verdict, also indicated that an individual alone cannot cause electoral violence hence, there is a need to probe deeper into the matter, but this was objected to by both parties with the female candidate announcing an appeal to the honorable Supreme Court since she (Boto) was not satisfied with the ruling.

To ensure this happens, the women of Liberia gathered at the Fish market in Sinkor for the first time to raised funds to support two of their embattle sisters (Edith Gongloe-Weh and Boto Konneh) in the just ended December 8, 2020, polls.

During the first day of the fundraiser exercise, the women were fortunate to have raised three thousand, nine hundred-eighty United States dollars and L$ 12,260 as contribution from other women who appeared in person and behind the scene to enable those women have legal representations.

Those monies that were raised are going towards legal and logistical support for Madam Botoe Kanneh whom the NEC finally declared as the winner in the Gbarpolu Senatorial race, and Madam Edith Gongloe-Weh, who the NEC declared as one of the losers in Nimba County.

The group is expected to filed a bill of information today, March 4, 2021 at the Supreme Court on behalf of madam Konneh seeking to undo the NEC board of commissioners’ verdict.

Speaking with some of the women during the first day of the rally at Fish Market in Sinkor, Atty. Mmonbeydo Nadine Joah, Executive Director of the Organization for Women and Children (ORWOCH) indicated that the money raised is evidence of unity among Liberian women and their commitment in making sure that Konneh and Madam Edith Gongloe-Weh are victorious in the entire process.

Joah further mentioned that more women are making their contribution regardless of their locations which shows that they are unified she noted “Women oh women; thank you for your support and your contribution to this process and we are certain that we will come out victorious”.

Similarly; MacDella Cooper, Political Leader of the Movement for One Liberia (MOL) noted they as women have decided to stand with their female candidates by rallying support as the court process needs resources.

The women leader expect a fair process and justice for the candidates, noting that they would take the next action if they are denied justice.

“We have trust in our court system. We believe that all will go well and justice will be served. We are standing with them to the end of the process. Women have always given their support and will continue to lean on each other’s shoulders,” she added.

For her part, Boto Konneh praised the women of Liberia for standing with her to ensure she is accorded due process.

Madam Konneh vows that the women of Liberia will be one of her top more priorities as she would work with them to prevent other women from facing similar situation.

She stressed the need for women desiring to participate in the 2023 elections to be very strong, if not, they will fall in the deepest pit.

Additionally, she said there is a need for lawmakers to start the process of amending the act that gives the National Election Commission (NEC) the power to prosecute electoral fraud whereas they are the one creating room for fraud.

“We need some amendments in the electoral law; stressing that all the problems are created by the same election magistrates that cases go back to for ruling. We need the legislators to look into it. NEC should not be the hearing officer in the case of electoral violence because the magistrates are always the problem so we need a redress”.

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