The Final presidential debate organized by the Deepening Democracy Coalition takes place on Tuesday, September 26 at the Paynesville City Hall beginning at 1PM The thematic issues on the agenda are as follows:
1. Economy (with emphasis on poverty alleviation)
2. Youth empowerment (with emphasis on education and job creation)
3. Land rights (in the context of natural resource management)
4. Gender empowerment
Seven Presidential Candidates have consented to attend.
Alexander Cummings… ANC
Charles Brumskine……Liberty Party
Joseph Boakia………….Unity Party
Mills Jones……………. MOVEE
The first six were selected based on their ranking from a recently conducted opinion poll commissioned by the Organizers of the debate9The Deepening Democracy Coalition)
Madam Macdella Cooper was including because she is the only woman candidate in the Presidential race.
The Deepening Democracy Coalition (DDC) is made up of the Liberia Media Center, The Center for Media Studies and Peace building, The Press Union of Liberia, The Center for Transparency and Accountability, The Angie Brooks Center and the Liberia Women Media Action Committee.
These are six reputable Civil society organizations.
The debate is been supported by the Open Society Initiative for West Africa OSIWA.
Invitation letters were dispatched to the candidates as a follow up to the initial invitation sent them on August 25.
On August 18 the DDC organized what has been described as the first professionally organized Presidential debate in Liberia with Urey, Cummings, Brumskine and Boakia appearing.