Mound Bayou plans for runoff election
by Paisley Boston
Sep 04, 2013 | 1722 views | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A special election was held on Aug. 27 in Mound Bayou to find a new alderman for the vacated position of Eulah Peterson, who resigned in July.

Unofficial results were as follows: Derek Bell, 42; Lillie Clifton, 32; Amos Pates, 88; Regina Spann, 59; and Silvia Coleman, 24.

According to Deputy Clerk Teresa Brown, absentee and avadavat ballots were to be counted on Aug. 28.

However tallies of those ballots have not been released and an apparent issue with the election has resulted in a runoff.

"I cannot say what the problem is right now," said Brown.

On Friday, Mayor Darryl Johnson confirmed that there was a problem with the election.

"The results are not definite. We're going to have a special election run-off between Amos Pates and Derek Bell.

According to Johnson, in a regular election, the person who receives the highest number of votes is the winner, but those rules do not apply in a special election.

"There was not a clear understanding concerning the statute.

"We did not know if state laws applied to the city or county," said Johnson.

"When we discovered that there was a law that governed special elections, we wanted to make sure that it was a valid law.

"The election committee contacted the Secretary of State's office on Thursday but they were not successful until Friday.

"From my understanding, there is a manual that the election committee goes by. "There was not a clear winner. A run-off election will be held on Sept. 10 from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m.," said Johnson.

The Bolivar Commercial will announce the official results after they have been confirmed.