The Vice Standard Bearer of opposition Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) Sen. Jewel Howard Taylor has expressed happiness over provisional results from the County favoring the CDC ticket.
According to current provisional results from Bong County, CDC is far ahead of the ruling Unity Party (UP). Voters across Liberia have decided between CDC’s Sen. George Manneh Weah and UP’s Vice President Joseph Nyumah Boakai at the ballot box on Tuesday, 26 December, but the National Elections Commission (NEC) is processing the ballots to make official announcement of the results this week.
Ahead of the official results, the CDC’s Sen. Taylor told our correspondent in Gbarnga that the support of the People of Bong County to the Coalition is a clear manifestation that they need change for the better.
She says she is optimistic of becoming Liberia’s next Vice President, evidenced by preliminary results from across the Country. Senator Taylor has named reconciliation as her top priority before undertaking developmental initiatives.
The Bong County Senator has also named the completion of the Bong County Technical College (BCTC), the reformation of the Madam Suakoko Scholarship, the completion of the Gbarnga Streets pavement, the construction of health facilities and the extension of several junior high schools to senior high school level, among others.
According to her, the vice presidency position is a very big position that a patriotic citizen should serve, adding that those who cannot serve the vice presidency post in the interest of the citizens are not just interested in good leadership.
Senator Taylor vows that serving the post in the interest of the Liberian people will be her major concern, maintaining that it is the beauty of democracy for a democratically elected leader to serve the post adequately if he or she is to be reelected.
When quizzed about why she wants to reconcile, Senator Taylor says reconciliation needs to be done on grounds that politics sometimes bring misunderstanding.
She notes that if a leader should have peace, there must be reconciliation after every election, adding that “We need to reconcile our people because we are all from Bong County; if our County is to move forward, there must be unity and unity will not come in the absence of reconciliation.”
Reconciliation is said to have already started in Bong County since the pronouncement of preliminary results from tally sheets at various polling centers.
When pronounced by the NEC, Senator Taylor will be the first female vice president since Liberia gained independence in 1847.
By Joseph Titus Yekeryan /in Gbarnga –Edited by Winston W. Parley