-Looming Chaos, Looming Casualties
-Electoral Clashes Increasing
Tomorrow, Saturday December 20, 2014, is a day set for eligible Liberian voters to go to the poll and exercise their constitutional obligation to elect 15 new senators for the next nine year period.
The day was announced by the National Elections Commission (NEC) recently after the Supreme Court of Liberia lifted a protracted stay-order on the controversial mid-term senatorial election necessitated by a writ of prohibition filed by some political parties and eminent citizens who thought holding election amid the raging Ebola crisis was inappropriate.
But the dust has settled over whether or not the election must go ahead following the ruling of the High Court in favor of those who want the ballot to go ahead despite the Ebola crisis for which the constitutional October 15 date was altered.
However, as Liberians are gearing up to cast their votes in favor of their preferred candidates tomorrow, it is uncertain what might happen in the next few days or hours before and after the results of the process is announced, Because As The Public Agenda Newspaper Reports, some of the voters claim they would go to polling places with heavy hearts, given unfavorable incidence of increasing clashes between supporters of two of the rival candidates in the race, Mr. Robert A. Sirleaf and Ambassador George Manneh Weah.
-But Fails To Generate ‘Tsunami’
Mr. Robert A. Sirleaf, who is believed to be one of the formidable candidates in the Montserrado County, Thursday, stormed Monrovia perhaps to climax his major campaign activities by pulling a sizable crowd.
Earlier, the campaign Team of Mr. Sirleaf estimated about 2500,000 supporters to turn over in their number to grace the occasion.
Congress for Democratic Change’s (CDC) campaign Team has called on partisans and supporters to turn out in mass to finalize its campaign activities for tomorrow poll.
Professor Wilson Tarpeh and Representative Edwin Melvin Snowe said, partisans would go for Ambassador George Manneh to his resident along the RIA Highway and March with him to the ELWA Junction to be joined by other waiting partisans.
-Politicians Truck Voters
Despite stern caveat by the Liberian Government and its International Anti-Ebola partners, some candidates contesting the tomorrow poll are ignoring preventive measures put in place on the deadly Ebola virus.
“Don’t touch, don’t shake hands” are some of the regulations put in place to prevent spread of the deadly Ebola virus during the election, but it appears those warnings are nothing to some politicians and their supporters.
On Thursday, when Mr. Robert A. Sirleaf climaxed his campaign activities for the Saturday poll, supporters were seen packed in vehicles as some held hands and paraded the streets of Monrovia in violation of the anti-Ebola laws.
-US Based Liberians Donate Water Purification Machine
Despite the culture of some Diaspora Liberians to always paint extremely negative pictures of everything back home in their country of origin, which according to societal commentators, is actually doing more harm than good, a United States based group has instead chosen to turn the tide for the socio-economic betterment of the people.
In its passionate efforts to bring relief to their countrymen back in Liberia, the Missouri based New Vision Africa, a non-profit social and economic development organization comprising Liberians hailing from the fifteen (15) political sub-divisions, has brought a new cutting-edge customs built water purification machine into the country.
According to an official of the organization, A. Fofin Konneh, the bringing in of the machine, which is capable of purifying 2,700 gallons of water per day, is their own way of stepping forward to help in the ongoing local and international fight against the further spread of the deadly Ebola Virus Disease, which has ravished the Liberian population, economy and culture of love and affection for one another.
-Over US$900, 0000 Nationwide Oil Consultations
-Describes New Oil Law Validation As “Talking Shop”
By Eugene K. Myers
The President of the University of Liberia Student Union (ULSU), Anthony F. Williams, has described the just ended validation process on the new draft oil law as a “talking shop,” that lacked the true essence of consultations.
The event was organized recently by the House of Representatives, as a final validation process on the 2013 draft new oil law of Liberia.
The two-day gathering of national stakeholders, which included student groupings and civil society organizations, was in continuation of the House’s independent nation-wide reform on the country’s emerging oil and gas sectors, with the aimed of enhancing transparency and accountability, by soliciting views of ordinary citizens in the processes.
But, in an exclusive interview with the Public Agenda Newspaper in Monrovia, Mr. Williams blasted the forum as falling short of the intended purpose, adding that the lawmakers only wanted to justify their wrongful use of the people’s money.
-But Opposing Opinions Divide Electorate
By Eugene K. Myers-(With Support From IREX)
Liberians across the 15 political sub-divisions, head to the poll tomorrow, Saturday, December 20, 2014, to vote Candidates of their choice, in the country’s first constitutional proscribed post war Mid-term Senatorial Election.
The election, which is being conducted by the National Elections Commission (NEC), in accordance with Article 46 of the 1986 Liberian Constitution and other provisions of the New Election Law of Liberia, is meant to replace 50% of the membership of the Liberian Senate, whose nine-year tenure will expire on January 16, next year.
However, with barely hours to casting their respective votes, several eligible voters, including market women, have been giving reasons why they will cast their ballots in densely populated and votes rich Monrovia.
– UNDP Donates Solar Powered Radios
United Nations Development Program’s Liberia Country Director, Kamil Kamaluddeen, Wednesday, December 17, 2014, handed over 150 solar powered wind-up radios to Ebola survivors and other vulnerable groups in New Georgia in Montserrado County.
President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, recently launched the “No New Ebola Case Campaign” in New Georgia, in recognition of the way in which residents came together to fight the disease.
Dr. Kamaluddeen said that a South African company, Lifeline Energy, donated the radios, and UNDP wanted to show its support for the President’s campaign, by giving them to community members affected by Ebola.
“The Ebola crisis has shown us just how important information is. Liberia has an excellent network of radio stations and we want as many people as possible to be able to listen in to get the information they need,” he said.
The radios were handed over in collaboration with the Ministry of Information, Cultural Affairs and Tourism. Deputy Minister of Information for Technical Services, Robert Kpadeh, thanked UNDP for the efforts to bring more information to people in New Georgia.
A workshop aimed at providing a clear understanding of WASH requirements for conducting assessment at Ebola Treatment Units and Community Care Centers, has ended in Bong County.
The workshop was also aimed at developing the capacity of WASH Team at the sub regional level in support to the fight against the Ebola outbreak, and was held under the theme “Building Capacity- Building of Integrated WASH / Assessment & monitoring team”,(IWAMT).
It brought together local WASH coordinators from the 15 political sub division, Environment Health Technicians, UNICEF representatives amongst others.
The workshop covered topics like , structural design designs for Ebola Treatment Units, Community Care Centers , Reports (Assessment & monitoring format, composition and functions of Integrated WASH Assessment and Monitoring Team, coordination and collaboration ,checklist for assessment and tools amongst several other topics were discussed the workshop.
-Pays Courtesy Call on President Sirleaf
President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf has held talks in Monrovia with a visiting official of the Roman Catholic Church, with oversight on Justice and Peace, Cardinal Peter Turkson, at her Foreign Ministry office.
Cardinal Turkson was accompanied to the meeting with the Liberian President by Apostolic Nuncio to Liberia, Archbishop Miroslaw Adamczyk; Bishop Andrew Karnley of the Diocese of Cape Palmas; Monsigner Robert Vicillo of Caritas International; Rev. Fr. Patrick Kabbah and Atty. Samuel Kofi Woods of the Catholic Ebola Taskforce.
According to an Executive Mansion release, President Sirleaf welcomed Cardinal Turkson to Liberia and indicated that the best way to demonstrate friendship is to be there in times of need. She extended Liberia’s appreciation to Pope Francis and Cardinal Turkson for considering Liberia for a visit during this critical period.