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Vote For Peace

by News Manager

Since the end of the Liberian civil war twenty years ago, the country is again going to the polls to elect new corps of leadership for fourth times in its recent democratic journey.

After Charles Taylor’s dictatorial regime collapsed in August 2003, Liberia held its first democratic elections with Madam Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf becoming the first elected female President of Liberia.
By her ascendency to the Liberian presidency, then, Johnson-Sirleaf became the first elected female President on the African Continent.

Madam Johnson-Sirleaf governed the country for twelve years uninterrupted; 2005-2011 and from 2011 to 2017 before the then opposition, Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) of Football Legend, George Manneh Weah, defeated Madam Johnson-Sirleaf’s then Vice President, Ambassador Joseph Nyuma Boakai, with 64% votes in a fierce political contest.

Now tomorrow, 10, October, 2023, Liberians will again go to the polls to choose another new batch of national leaders including President, Vice President, members of both the Upper and Lower Houses of the country’s bicameral Legislature.

The elections are in line with provisions of the 1986 Constitution of Liberia which require the election of national leaders after every six years to steer the affairs of the country.

For instance, Article-1 of the Liberian Constitution, which is the organic law of the country states that: “All power is inherent in the people. All free governments are instituted by their authority and for their benefit and they have the right to alter and reform the same when their safety and happiness so require. In order to ensure democratic government which responds to the wishes of the governed, the people shall have the right at such period, and in such manner as provided for under this constitution, to cause their public servants to leave office and to fill vacancies by regular elections and appointment.”

About 1,030 plus individuals from various Political Parties, Coalitions, Alliances, among others have been qualified and given greenlight by the National Elections Commission (NEC), to seek elected public offices across the country.

As for us, at The INDEPENDENT newspaper, it is our sincere hope and fervent prayer that tomorrow’s voting process would be held in an atmosphere of peace, cordiality, serenity, coordination and collaboration.

We also hope that the National Elections Commission (NEC), would effectively conduct tomorrow’s elections with high sense of professionalism, due diligence, and patriotism, so that the outcome of said elections would at least satisfy global standards of integrity, credibility and acceptability.

In other words, the people of Liberia expect nothing less than free, fair and transparent polls which outcome would unite them in total peace and harmony as opposed to an exercise that may cause unbridle acrimonies across the country.

We, at The INDEPENDENT newspaper, are also challenging the incumbent Government of Liberia (GOL) to, in line with its constitutional mandate and other statutory obligations provide full security for, and /or guarantee the safety of the 2 million plus voters and other citizens and residents across the country, as well as the wellbeing of NEC officials and staffs, local and international election observers, the media, election materials and polling centers, among others aimed at the preservation of the integrity and credibility of the tomorrow’s polls.

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