The up-coming General and Presidential Elections appears to be a great reminder of the 1985 SECOM conducted elections in terms of the challenges. At the time, LAP, UP, and LUP were threatening flames to an NDPL victory whose standard bearer was the head of the transition from military to civil rule. That period also represented Liberia’s first multi-party elections. It was a time of careful expressions to avoid running into problems with Decree 88-A and its first cousins. Nevertheless, the nation was under the vibration of constitutional and political franchise. Never before were Liberians in high spirits to demonstrate their liberation from a defacto one party state.
The long awaited moment has come with the declaration of political campaign by the National Elections Commission on JULY 5, 2011. No longer shall accusations be traded for pre-campaigning. Liberians of both political and non-political backgrounds have geared up to put in place a new democratic government. There are about 29 political parties and a stream of candidates from which Liberians must make a choice.
“I want to be President. I have to be President. Why can’t I become President too? If I become President, I will bring Heaven on Earth. I am better than all others because the vision I have will transform Liberia into a country built of diamonds with glittering light and splendor. All you have to do is elect me. I have answers to all your problems.” These quotations are purely the absurd pronouncements or should I say promises of politicians who desire the nation’s highest seat.
Hundreds of refugees from Côte d’Ivoire have found a modest sanctuary in Butuo, Nimba County, in eastern Liberia, where they share land and lodgings with a local population of around 3,000.
Due to popular demand, the last edition of thoughts, politics, and people was a repeat of Senator Abel Massalay’s article on the collaboration between the Executive and Legislative Branches of Government. We did promise to bring you a special on Liberia ’s Maritime but due to the absence of the Commissioner and the bureaucratic red tape associated with entering the premises, we have been unable to reach the authorities. Nevertheless, we shall endeavor to meet with Beyan Kesseley and explore the operations of the Bureau. Please accept my apologies.
As shocking and as distasteful as his re-election may seem to some, you don't need the intelligence of a rocket scientist to understand why Sepp Blatter is getting four more years to reign unchallenged over world football, despite the corruption scandals lapping at FIFA's doors.
The writing of this article is in appreciation of the writings contained in the New Dawn Newspaper which provided civic education on the constitutional mandates of the Legislative, Executive and Judiciary Branches and their collaborations in achieving the levels of development in our nation today after years of devastation.. I do express compliments to Mr. D. Wa Hne, Jr. who I considered as one of Liberia’s brilliant writers and whose column I am privileged to make the below contributions.
Former Speaker Edwin Snowe is a respected Legislator; current Speaker Alex Tyler is the third in the power structure and occupies the seat of Richard Heneries...
What does the larger society think? Is it prudent now or should they wait until reconciliation between them is concretely achieved? Remember, you are a part of this new emerging debate.