Category: Election

Only in Liberia: A Legislator Wants to Run for Office to Become a Legislator

“You do not support politicians during elections if the only aim of the politician is to seek a higher salary or to stay in office. You vote for people who are going to do the best damn job for Liberians.” What is it that Representative Saah Joseph wants to do as a Senator that he could not do as a Representative of Montserrado County? Representative Saah H. Joseph, a member of the struggling ruling party, who holds or held a position on the planning and economic affairs committee that deals with banking and currency, wants to become Senator of...

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The Weah-led Regime Shows Early Signs of Clampdown Due to the Lack of Policy Direction

‘My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.’ Without knowledge ignorance reigns When political power is given to tabulae rasae and political jesters, the tendency to misuse such power through the selective elimination and arrest of critics of the ruling establishment are hatched in full swing. Such reprisal actions of the government against its critics have been used by decadent regimes to purge ‘voices of protest.’ A government with no strategic focus is always nervous about criticism from either the public or political opponents. Previous regimes in Liberia have a well-documented history of a state-sponsored clampdown against political opponents and citizens...

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Is Liberia’s President Manipulating the Presidential Elections?

Some may argue that Liberia is more democratic today than at any time in its history, but the country’s 2017 presidential election holds stains of electoral manipulation. Electoral manipulation is best described as the set of practices that includes, among other things, stuffing ballot boxes, buying votes, and intimidating voters – and in the case of Liberia, secretly meeting with election officials. These actions violate fundamental political freedoms, undermines the function of elections as mechanisms of accountability, destroys confidence in electoral and democratic institutions, and sometimes lead to instability – especially in fragile states like Liberia. Why Governments Engage...

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Liberia’s electoral body releases final results, runoff set

The Liberia National Election Commission has released the final report on the 10 October 2017 Presidential and Legislative elections.  National Tally Center Final Results Report for the Presidential and Representative Elections on 10 October 2017 as of 19 Oct 2017 2:00 pm.  Here are the results in the link below: http://necliberia.org/pg_img/2017%20Final%20Results_10_19_2017_15_03.pdf                Madam President do not do to others what you won’t want to be done to you! Decency...

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Sierra Leone: Ruling APC and main opposition SLPP named presidential picks

WEST AFRICA–– Sierra Leone’s two historical and traditional rival political parties have christened their presidential candidates and vice–presidential candidates to stand in a crucial election in March 2018. Political commentators and international election experts say the country’s ongoing process illustrates a standard of stability since the end of its civil conflict in 2002. Foreign Minister Samura Kamara and the deputy speaker of parliament, Chernor Maju Bah, have been named by President Ernest Bai Koroma to lead the All People’s Congress (APC) party as the presidential and vice-presidential candidates for next year’s poll. Sources in the APC told Globe Afrique...

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He Was the Face of Liberia’s Endless War. Now He Wants to Govern.

Joseph Duo throwing candy to a crowd after a campaign speech last week in Grand Bassa County, Liberia. Credit: Carielle Doe for The New York Times By CLAIR MacDOUGALL Culled from the New York Times ZANGAR TOWN, Liberia — Joseph Duo edged his yellow taxi toward the river and boarded a canoe with stacks of grimy Liberian dollars and a backpack full of fliers promising more food, free education and better clinics. He marched down a damp muddy path, until the forest parted into a poor village named Zangar Town. His message was simple: Vote for me. Fourteen years ago, Mr....

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George Weah Maintains Lead in Liberia’s Election

Photo: George M. Weah in blue Monrovia (Globe Afrique) – Ex-footballer George Weah continued his lead in Liberia’s Presidential election as the counting of ballots moves into the weekend. Observers from the United States, European Union, and the Carter Center have applauded the Liberian people for displaying a sincere commitment to holding peaceful elections. Elections are the most critical path a country must follow in a democracy. It allows the citizens to express their interests and select an individual they believe is the best to lead them. In many countries in Sub-Saharan Africa, especially nations like Liberia, with its...

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Liberia awaits results in problem-hit vote to replace Sirleaf

Media: Culled from Agence France-Presse (AFP) Monrovia, Oct 11, 2017 (AFP) – Counting was under way in Liberia on Wednesday amid reports of problems during a peaceful vote to determine President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s successor after 12 years. The first official results from the presidential and legislative elections are expected later Wednesday from the National Elections Commission (NEC), which has already suggested that turnout was high for Liberia’s first democratic transfer of power in seven decades. Some voters who appeared at the wrong polling station or were registered more than once were unable to cast their ballot on Tuesday,...

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