-As George Weah Leads Robert Sirleaf In Poll
-Any Hope For The Family?
Before the Saturday, December 2014, special senatorial poll, in which Congress for Democratic Change’s (CDC) Candidate, Ambassador George Manneh Weah is leading President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s controversial Son, Robert Alvin Sirleaf in Montserrado County, it was reported that the Sirleaf Family had extended political ambition more than making their Son Senator for Montserrado County.
It was reported that the Family wanted to use the senatorial seat as a launching pad for Mr. Sirleaf to succeed his Mother who would have resigned months after the election. Mr. Sirleaf according to the Family’s alleged secret succession plan would have fought to be President Pro-Tempore of the Liberian Senate, which would have brought him close to the presidency after the resignation of his mother.
According to sources closed to the Family, Vice President Joseph N. Boakia and House J. Alex Tyler Speaker who are constitutionally suited to replace the President following her resignation, would have been prevented to take over following negotiations only to allow a Sirleaf dynasty established at the expense of the Liberian people.
But As The Public Agenda Reports, whether the information is true or false, the CDC has already thwarted such a looming dynasty by taking the leading in the Montserrado County Senatorial poll.
-Sen. Nyanpan In The Cold
Provisional results provided by the National Elections Commission (NEC) indicate that Sinoe County’s former Superintendent J. Milton Teahjay, is at the helm of tally results from Saturday poll.
According to our correspondent in Greenville, Teahjay is nearly 2,000 votes ahead of his main rival, incumbent Senator Mobutu Vlah Nyenpah.
Our correspondent says, up to press time last evening, it was left 19 more precincts to report from the countryside with significant number of them believed in be in Teahjay’s favorable communities.
-Target Fish Town-Harper Road
By Eugene K. Myers
It appears the Ministry of Public Works (MPW) is back on course with its robust infrastructural agenda after a protracted period of unwarranted temporary dormancy under the regime of its failed controversial Minister, Dr. Antoinette Weeks who claims to be an engineer.
Prior to the appointment of Dr. Weeks who succeeded in derailing progress at the Ministry, Public Works had been one of the most proactive ministries, if not the only Ministry that was on track with its mandate, particularly under the regime of Attorney Samuel Kofi Woods.
However, all the projects that were being suppressed by the unsuccessful Minister Weeks are getting on course after her dismissal by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf for dismal performance.
Amongst projects that were delayed by Dr. Weeks, include Ganta-Yekepa Road and Fish Town-Harper corridor which are now underway following separate signing ceremonies recently.
-Plans Big Honoring Ceremony For Her
By David Seequeh Jr.
A group of young people under the banner, Determined Youth Against Poverty has recognized the tremendous role of National Port Authority (NPA) Managing Director, Madam Matilda Wokie Parker, in the fight against the deadly Ebola virus in Liberia.
The group said, it was absolutely necessarily to hail the efforts of Madam Parker for her sustained commitment in the battle against the virulent Ebola virus, including her countless humanitarian services across the country.
According to the young people, during their regular meeting over the weekend, they have realized that Madam Parker has made tremendous gains in the improvement ports across the country, something they acknowledged must not be swept under the carpet.
By Eugene K. Myers-(With Support from IREX)
A visually impaired man, Blade Kesselley, has accused a polling staff of the National Election Commission (NEC) of denying him the right to exercise his constitutional duty to vote for his preferred candidate on Saturday, December 20, 2014, at the Buzzy Quarter Community School Polling Center.
The Center which consists of eight precincts was one of the hot spots during the conduct of the mid-term senatorial election.
Speaking to this paper shortly after his alleged denial which resulted into heated argument between state security officers and angry crowd, the aggrieved Kesselley described his denial illegal, stating that the action of the NEC’s staff disenfranchised him from exercising his democratic right as enshrined in the Constitution of Liberia.
-Calls For More Help
Liberia’s Defense Minister, Brownie J. Samukai, Jr., has expressed appreciation to the United States Government for its support to the Ebola affected countries in West Africa.
Min. Samukai, Jr. particularly praised the leadership role being demonstrated by the U.S. Government which, according to him signifies that Liberia is not alone in the fight against the Ebola Virus Disease.
The Defense Chief further extolled US Senator Christopher Coons for raising the concerns of Liberia to his government. “Your robust response has a significant impact on the psyche of our people,” Min. Samukai, Jr. noted.
Meanwhile, the Defense Minister has called for much more robust support from the U. S Government for the stabilization of the health crisis not only in Liberia but other hard hit countries, including Guinea and Sierra Leone.
The House of Representatives adjourned its 3rd Session Thursday with the passage of a total of 50 bills during the 53rd National Legislature.
Some of the bills passed are the Act Against Criminal Conveyance of Land, An Act of Legislature prescribing the National Code of Conduct for public officials and employees of government, Rural Communications and An Act to Amend the New Executive Law of 1972 to establish the Ministry of Gender and Children and Social Welfare, among others, according to the Liberia News Agency.
The Production Manager of the Firestone Rubber Plantation Company, Richard Fallah, has disclosed that the company has begun exporting its woods for furniture making.
Speaking to reporters Thursday at the official launch of the Made- in-Liberia Trade Store at the Nancy Doe Market on 3rd Street in Sinkor, Mr. Fallah said, the Firestone timber meets international standard for any furniture making.
He explained that the wood which was previously used for charcoal production are being exported to Asia, Australia, Canada and the USA, among other countries.
-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.