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President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf urges free, fair elections in October

President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

WEST AFRICA – The president of Liberia, Madam Ellen Johnson Sirleaf on Monday accentuated the holding of free, fair and transparent elections in her country on October 10.

Speaking to citizens and officials at the country’s National Elections Commission’s headquarters in the capital, Monrovia, the Liberian leader said the elections will determine whether Liberia will advance and continue to rebuild, reconstruct and promote democracy.

Those commissioned include Cllr. Jerome G. Korkoya, Chairman; Cllr. Sarah M. Toe, Co-Chair; Mr. Jonathan K. Weedor, Member; Mr. Samuel Z. Joe, Member; and Mr. Ansumana F. Kromah, Member

Stressing the magnititue of the election, President Sirleaf charged the electoral entity to be “neutral, as the population prepares to exercise their constitutional rights at the polls.”

The Liberia leader, who has been repeatedly accused by some Liberians of meddling and sabotaging the democratic process for personal gains and as a way of protecting she and her family’s fortune and wrongdoing after she leaves office, suggested that free, fair and transparent elections will set the stage for the country to continue on the path of democracy and empower the West African state to remain peaceful.

Presidential and legislative elections in Liberia are set for October 10, 2017.

There are about 22 candidates vying for president but analysts say only six candidates are consider viable and of the six only four, Vice President Joseph Nyumah Boakai of the ruling Unity Party, Charles Brumskine of Liberty Party, Alexander B. Cummings, Jr. of the Alternative National Congress and Senator George Manneh Weah of the Coalition for Democratic, seem to have a shot.

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Dave Okonjie

Dave Okonjie is a public affairs analyst, researcher and senior issues correspondent.
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