The Inquirer (Monrovia)

Liberia: Stevedoring Association Election Ends in White Ballot

The Shipping and Stevedoring Association of Liberia ended its elections yesterday with all candidates winning on white ballot. The newly elected officials that will steer the affairs of the Association for the next two years are, Cecil Barnes, incoming president; Daniel Tolbert, incoming vice president; Richard Sio, incoming secretary general; Adam Kamara, incoming treasurer and Pokolo Andrewson, incoming chaplain.

Speaking to this paper after the election at the Freeport of Liberia, the incoming vice president, Daniel Tolbert said that the association was created to ensure that all shipping and stevedore companies benefit. He added, "We are now united to speak with one voice."

He continued, "We can see the changes that are going on and the ones to come; we who provide the labor force at the Port have to be engaged and involved in developments so that we can all move forward together as partners in progress."

For his part, the incoming secretary general, Richard Sio said since the creation of the association in the early 2000 a lot has changed and due to the present condition, the companies that make-up the association have revised its constitution to better reflect the interest and challenges of all its companies.

The newly elected president of the institution, Cecil Barnes has held the position before and due to his dedication and hard work in advocating for all shipping and stevedoring companies the association encouraged and supported him to steer the affairs of the association as they address problems that they are currently faced with.

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