A Representative Candidate for Montserrado County Electoral District#15 vying on the ticket of the Liberia Transformation Party (LTP) Mr. Neidoteh B. Torbor, attributes lack of development in the district to bad leadership, which he notes is affecting residents there. He accuses incumbent lawmaker for the district Adolph A. Lawrence, for failure to represent the people.
“I think the current lawmaker is in accessible to the people, as I speak, he does not even live in this district so man like that doesn’t have the right to request vote from residents. He has been out of this district for the past two years and against that we can’t have him reelected “, Mr. Torbor says.
In an interview with reporters over the weekend, he explains his decision to contest for the district seat is to bring inclusiveness, saying “We are building a new nation, we want to institutionalize development in district 15, because if we can’t institutionalize those things that we want to do at the level of the district then we will not be able to develop our country at the level of the legislature.”
According to him, during the past six years, he noticed that incumbent Representative Lawrence’s activities were not inclusive, and he was not visible. “We should understand that representation is in two full: one is political representation, and the other is at the constituent level, which is to organize the people”, he explains.
The LTP candidate continues that there is a need to have a community structure that will easily deal with issues such as scholarship and other programs for constituents. He also calls for formation of network of community leaders who will meet periodically to update the lawmaker on issues relating to the district, saying “These things are lacking and this is what we want to see, if elected.”
When quizzed about his prospect, he replies, “I have a very high prospect of winning. He says though people around the world are hailing the late Civil Rights campaigner Martin Lurther King ,Jr. for his advocacy, but he believes there were people behind him, who helped in the process and are not mentioned.
“I am one of the candidates, who contested in 2011 and did not win, but I went back to appreciate the voters for the choice they made.” Torbor brags of giving a plot of land to build a police station in the district that will respond to security threats, and needs of residents. “Before you make laws, you have to first review the old ones that are on the book; one of the things is the high level of interferences from the Executive is impeding the functions of the Legislative and other branch.Meanwhile, Torbor vows that if elected, one of his objectives is to amend the Code of Conduct for public officials to make it workable.
By Lewis S. Teh-Editing by Jonathan Browne