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Vote them out!

Margibi County electoral district#2 representative candidate is urging residents of district #2 to overwhelmingly vote out current members of the House Representatives for their failure to meet the expectations of the Liberian people.

Speaking to this paper on Friday, 11 August in Monrovia Mr. Ivar Jones, an independent candidate says many of the actions of the lawmakers in the past six years were in total contravention of the reasons the people elected them.

A businessman turned-politician, he argues that the passage of 68 concession agreements in which only two met the minimum requirement, is enough to vote the lawmakers out.

Jones, who is contesting against incumbent Unity Party representative Ballah Zayzay, says another reason why they should be voted out is the speed passage of the controversial Oil Bloc #13.

He says members of the 53rd Liberian Legislature are only seeking ‘personal gains’, ignoring the plight of Liberians, who stood in queues to cast their ballots for them, leaving people in abject poverty.

According to him, the legislature is charged with the responsibility to provide oversight, but failed to assist in the control of the foreign exchange rate in the country.Currently, the exchange rate is120LRD to one United States Dollar, something he terms as very ‘astronomical’ and usual in the Liberian economy.

Margibi Electoral District #2 hosts the Roberts International Airport and the nation’s largest rubber plantation Firestone. But Jones argues that the district has never benefited anything from both government and the management of Firestone relative social benefits. According to him, the district is not benefiting anything because the current national leaders are mute and fighting among themselves for personal gains.

By E. J. Nathaniel Daygbor

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