Reports from Nimba County indicate the votes-rich county is likely to produce three presidential aspirants and 127 aspirants for the nine electoral districts there in the impending 2017 elections.
The NewDawn Nimba correspondent says the county has now become the focus of all 22 registered political parties in Liberia, including the governing Unity Party, seeking voters’ support. At least three sons of Nimba are reportedly expected to vie for the Presidency comes 2017; namely: ex-candidate Senator Prince Johnson of the newly registered Movement for Democracy and Reconstruction (MDR), publisher Carton , and little known Jeremiah Wapoe.
Nimba is said to be politically-charged with some citizens already declaring their support for Senator Johnson, while others prefer Vice President Joseph Boakai, and Journalist Cartoon Boah, respectively. However, other electorates, who spoke to this paper, said due to the huge number of aspirants, they are confused and may not participate in the elections, particularly for the representative seats.
“My son, I’m confused; I do not know where to go for this election.You are talking about one-hundred and eight people who want to be representatives, who will you vote for?”, one voter asked. According to our correspondent, out of the county’s nine electoral districts, five aspirants want to contest in Bain-Garr, District One; 25 for District Two; 22 in District Three, and 24 for District Four, respectively.
The list also includes 17 aspirants for District Five, District Six (13); District Eight (12); and District Nine (8), among others. Our correspondent noted that due to the huge number of aspirants for the county’s representative seats, Nimbaians may send more “boboo” lawmakers at the Capitol because citizens may face difficulty in electing committed individuals.
By Franklin Doloquee, Nimba-Editing by Jonathan Browne