Claim: Henry Costa only got 3,287 votes which constitute 8%.

Source: public figure and student leader Martin K. N. Kollie

Verdict: True, Henry Costa Obtained 8% vote in the 2017 Representative elections.

Full Text: Martin Kollie, a social media activist, posted on Facebook a claim that Henry Costa, a political talk-show host, accumulated 8% of the votes in the 2017 elections.

Costa contested on the All Liberian Party (ALP) ticket in Monsterrado District No. 6.

Kollie who supports Joseph Nyumah Boakai, the Unity Party’s standard bearer, took to his Facebook page to react to some of the comments made by Costa during his live press conference.

Costa previously supported former Vice President Boakai’s presidential bid but he revealed a tale of betrayal and broken promises in his press conference. He also announced the ALP’s decision to sever ties with the Unity Party and Boakai due to “betrayal”.

In response to some of the points made in Costa’s press release, Martin said Costa as a representative candidate of district six, Montserrado County obtained 3287 votes or 8% of the vote.

You only got 3,287 votes, which constitutes 8%. You don’t have a ‘strong favorability’ even in a District.  How then is that possible in a county or an entire country? Did Con-Star say he turned down 30 million USD? When did he become a maestro of comedy? I will address this claim in part 2.”

The post generated 136 SHARES, 408 reactions and 494 comments. 

Verification: We checked the National Elections Commission (NEC)  website and it was established that the data provided by Martin is authentic. Of the total 42,506 votes, Costa obtained 3,287 votes constituting 8% taking fourth place in the 2017 elections. 

The National Elections Commission (NEC), is in charge of overseeing and enforcing all election laws as well as holding elections for all elective public offices.

The Liberian Constitution served as the foundation for NEC historically. NEC was initially known as the Elections Commission (ECOM), and its constitutional authority came from Chapter X, Article 89. Hence, data from this institution is authentic and trustworthy.

Conclusion: Correct. The claim by Kollie that Costa obtained eight percent votes when he contested the district number six representative seat in 2017.


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