NEC Yet To Publish Polling Places
-Accused Of Printing Excess Ballot Papers
Liberia is going into an election with uncertainty, although the excitement is uncontrollable to the extent that other political parties and some candidates are closing their eyes to what some see as “cloud of fraud” that looms over the controversial mid-term senatorial election.
The country is politically charged and the situation appear extremely volatile with threats and counter-threats all over the place, yet the National Elections Commission (NEC) is yet to address some of the critical issues being raised by stakeholders who are also germane to the entire electoral process.
Already there are reports that at least two or three separate petitions have been filed at the Supreme Court to halt the going electoral process to avoid post-electoral crisis, it is not clear whether the Electoral is seeing what those petitioners are seeing.
Some Liberians have already declared that the entire electoral process on the mid-term senatorial race is unconstitutional, adding that anything coming from the process would not be honored.
While other parties and independent candidates are ignoring the threatening irregularities that characterize the ongoing electoral process, and are perhaps waiting to weep foul when results of the elections turn against them, the opposition National Democratic Coalition (NDC) and the Movement for Progressive Change (MPC) refuse to go that way.
-For Boosting War Against Ebola
Liberia’s Human Rights Lawyer, Samuel Kofi Woods, II has lauded the Dutch Government and the European Union (EU) for their contribution of supplies to the People of Liberia to boost the fight against the virulent deadly Ebola virus with the hope of eradicating it not only from Liberia, but the world over.
Atty. Woods, who described such effort as a significant contribution to a historic partner, noted that it is translated into a true friendship.
The veteran Human Rights Lawyer was speaking recently at the Freeport of Monrovia on November 24, 2014 when he joined President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and other prominent Liberians to receive the consignment of supplies from the Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands accredited to Liberia, Ambassador Hans Docter.
Sometimes in October Atty Woods visited the United States and Europe in search of needed assistance to help Liberia fight the Ebola Virus. While in Europe, he visited The Netherlands and worked with several organizations.
-One District Controls County Leadership
Some opinion leaders and elders representing five of the six administrative districts in Garpolu County have called on President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to revisit the appointment of local leaders in the County to reflect geographical balance.
In a position statement dated November 27, 2014, the elders disclosed that all local leaders appointed in the County by the President as well as other County officials are from Bopolu District which also produced Junior Senator and a representative while most of the districts are not represented in the governance of the County.
According to them, the County Superintendent, Assistant Superintendent for Development, County Inspector, City Major, Land Commissioner, Circuit Court Judge and Election Commission Magistrate are all from one District, Bopolu.
-Citizens Accord Him Tumultuous Welcome
Report reaching our news desk says Sinoe County’s former Superintendent J. Milton Teahjay was Tuesday this week received by thousands of citizens in Greenville City upon arrival in the county.
Teahjay, who was in Monrovia recently, and who rubbished allegations of corruption and economic sabotage brought against him by the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC) returned to his home county early this week under the hail of citizens’ avalanche that took him from the provincial airport to the headquarters of the ruling Unity Party in Greenville.
While in Monrovia, Teahjay described the charges against him as “stonewalling” and “politically motivated” on the part of the LACC to give undue advantage to his main rival in the midterm senatorial election in the county, incumbent Senator Mobutu Nyenpan.
As if the LACC allegations against Mr. Teahjay make little or no sense to the Sinoe County populace, crowds of them, put at over 20,000, gathered and lined along the principal streets of Greenville to give him an arousing welcome.
-State Minister, Chinese Company To Face Lawmakers Inquest
By Eugene K. Myers
Grand Bassa County District#4 Representative, J. Byron Browne, wants Plenary of the House of Representatives,to summon State for Presidential Affairs Minister, Dr. Edward McClain, along with the management of a Chinese construction company, tofurnish reasons whyrenovation works on the Executive Manson, official seat of the Liberian presidency,has not been completed, despite huge annual budgetary allotments for the project.
It can be recalled that during the July 26,2006 celebrations of the country’s 159th Independence Day Anniversary, the Executive Mansion was gutted by a mysterious fire, which caused what was later described as“considerable damage to the building,” by engineers.
-Ebola Scare Disrupts Election Fever
-LBDI Branch Ordered Shut, Quarantined
Reports from Robertsport, the administrative seat of Grand Cape Mount County, say there is a resurgent fear of the possibility of people there contracting the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD), especially as respective campaign caravans of various senatorial candidates in that county have started to storm the town.
According to a source in that south-western Liberian coastal community, the situation has been further exacerbated by the abrupt shutdown of the Liberia Bank for Development and Investment’s (LBDI) local branch.
The bank’s premises have reportedly quarantined for twenty-one days, something which has sent fear and shockwaves in the political community there, mostly those representing candidates and are relying on the banks to withdraw campaign funds, after one of its staff was diagnosed with a suspected case of Ebola.
However, up until press time last evening, efforts to get details, especially regarding the closure and quarantining of the LBDI’s Robertsport Branch, yielded no further results, as mobile phone connection with our source there was disrupted.
-As Gov’t Launches 16 Days Activism
By W. Eric Davis, Sr.
The Liberian Government has announced that, in the wake of the unprecedented onslaught of the killer hemorrhagic disease in across the country, which has been classified as “an emergency health and development issue, “according to Gender, Children and Social Protection Acting Minister, Julia Duncan-Cassell, women and children are still falling unfortunate victims to various sorts of gender based violence.
Referencing official statistics collated by her Ministry, Acting Minister Duncan-Cassell disclosed that between January and September, 2014, a total of nine hundred and forty-two (942) gender based violence cases reported and recorded, 450 (47.7% were rape, while domestic violence, including persistent non-support, spousal battering and abandonment accounted for 467 (49.5%), and twenty-five (25) represented” harmful traditional practices, as well as other forms of violence.”
“Provide Free Condoms To Male Survivors”
-Dr. Atai Omurutu
The Head of the Island Clinic Ebola Treatment Unit (ETU), Dr. Atai Omurutu, has alarmed that male survivors of the Ebola disease are infecting their female partners with the virus, and wants Government to distribute free condoms, in an attempt to halt reduce the chances of their female spouses contracting the virus.
She said this is so because the male Ebola survivors have refused to follow medical advice to refrain from sex for three months after their discharge or to use condom during sexual intercourse.
Rev. Bowier Cautions Liberian Youths
By Charles P. Dennis
Liberian youths have been cautioned against getting involved in election related violence that he believes, if not spoken against, may push the country into the dark days of its history.
Speaking during yesterday’s Ministry of Information press briefing, former Information Minister, Rev. Emmanuel Z. Bowier, noted that young people are often used by politicians as the instruments to achieve their political goals, but at the end of the day, leave them abandon them to the consequences of their actions.
Mr. Bowier caution comes following an ugly display of violence between supporters of Independent Senatorial Candidate, Robert A. Sirleaf, and a group of partisans of the opposition Congress for Democratic Change (CDC), of Mr. George M. Weah, also a Candidate in the up-coming but unpopular race for the Liberian Senate for Montserrado County, in the PHP Community in Monrovia.
-Pres. SirleafProclaims Nat’l Holiday
President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf , has declared Saturday, November 29, a National Holiday in commemoration of the 119th birth anniversary of the late Liberian President,Dr. William V.S. Tubman, and is to be observed throughout Liberia as a national holiday.
The Proclamation orders all government offices, business houses and market places to be closed during the observance from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.