Will it be George Manneh Weah or Joseph Nyuma Boakai as the next President of Liberia? The Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) standard bearer, George M. Weah, is contesting for the presidency for the second time. Many of his supporters have said Boakai is dependable and with his experience as twelve years as vice president, he could do things differently from his boss President Sirleaf. They are confronted with a thorny issue: Boakai or Weah? Their support to either side, coupled with influencing the decisions of their followers will be a major factor in determining who replaces President Sirleaf.
October 20, 2017 02:29 UTC
However, there is reason to believe that voter turnout could significantly affect the outcome of the run-off due to a phenomenon from the voter registration period — voter trucking. Under Section 4.5 of the Elections Law of Liberia, a violator guilty of trucking voters faces up to six months in prison. The bigger question is, how does one determine the intent of “illegal” voter trucking? The question exposes the larger issue of the capacity of NEC or law enforcement to regulate voter trucking. “We are still in contact with all of our legislative candidates, including those who were not successful at the polls.
President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has denounced the spate of abuses that has been posted on social media by Liberians during the recent elections , suggesting that the country’s democracy is at stake if it continues. However, President Sirleaf said she has observed that a week following the end of the first round of voting on October 10, her attention was drawn to a surge of abuses displayed on social media (mostly on Facebook) by Liberians, which she said are extremely inimical to the survival of the country’s peace and democracy. “We condemn the abuse and misuse of social media through the use of invectives, hate speech and outright vulgarity, which denigrates adversaries with whom we might hold disagreement,” the President said. “We must all express our indignation to this unacceptable way of politicking and seek to continue the decent democratic values that have brought us this far as a nation and people,” the President said. As Liberians pat themselves on the back for peacefully voting in the October 10 polls, all must continue to demonstrate the same path of love for country by and through each of their individual actions, she said.
“It is not anyone’s birthright to be president therefore, Sen. Weah should not impose his will. I think the CDCians headed by their leader were in the wrong,” Sen. Johnson said. The controversial Nimba strongman emphasized that Sen. Weah has no control over his men, “just as Charles Taylor had no control. Sen. Johnson has reportedly told his supporters not to “betray the struggle” but rather to go by the Ganta Declaration. He at one point made an open declaration of support for Boakai, but later said his statement was a “declaration of intent,” and not necessarily in support of the V.P.
Kolahun , Lofa County – Ahead of the pending runoff election, the opposition Liberty Party has appealed the ruling of the National Election Commission which dismissed three complaints brought before its magistrate in Lower Lofa County. The complaints were dismissed on Wednesday, October 18, 2017 by NEC hearing officer Daniel D. Dolokelen. Complainant Ambulleh Kanneh, representing the Liberty Party filed three complaints with the NEC local office citing several electoral violations allegedly committed by the incumbent representative of electoral district #3 Clarence Massaquoi. In his complaint, Kanneh accused Representative Massaquoi of allegedly campaigning from town to town on the eve of Election Day in electoral district 4. Kanneh alleged that the voting precinct was located in the stronghold of Mr. Momo Siafa Kpoto, a candidate of the same electoral district, contesting on the ticket of the Liberty Party.
October 20, 2017 02:15 UTC
Monrovia – Controversy has erupted over Montserrado County District #3 Representative election result following the discovery of some ballot boxes that were not sealed. Outgoing Representative Bill Twehway of the Coalition for Democratic is protesting result after losing to the Unity Party candidate, Ceebee Barshall. The National Elections Commission on Thursday announced a winner of Montserrado County District #3 in the October 10, 2017 representatives poll. Twehway says he is prepared to take legal process if the National Elections Commissions fails to render a fair judgment in complaint filed by him. The outgoing Montserrado County District Number Three lawmaker also condemned allegation that he sent thugs to the home of Representative elect Ceebee Barshall on Sunday night.
October 20, 2017 02:15 UTC
“The army worm is a clear and present danger,” said Akinwumi Adesina, who was to be inducted as the 2017 World Food Prize winner yesterday in Des Moines, Iowa, the United States of America. What we need are urgent actions to support Africa, to rapidly address this real threat to its food security.”The World Food Prize is popularly known as the Nobel Prize for agriculture. “Stopping the army worm is the highest purpose to which we can dedicate this year’s Borlaug Dialogue,” said Pedro Sanchez, a soil scientist with the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences and the 2002 World Food Prize laureate. In fact, the fall army worm has long been in North America, but scientists and producers have largely been successful in containing it. He was born in Iowa and established the World Food Prize.
October 20, 2017 02:03 UTC
Monrovia – Ahead of the upcoming run-off Presidential elections, Liberian President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf has condemned in the strongest terms what she calls the abuse and misuse of social media through the use of invective, hate speech and outright vulgarity. In a nation-wide address Thursday, the Liberian leader said the social media abuse threatens the peace as well as the run-off. “Resorting to profanities on social media contributes nothing to the national discourse, but only serves to taint our national and international image,” the President said. The President’s message came just moments after the National Elections Commission declared campaign open for the run-off election between the Unity Party (UP) of Vice President Joseph Boakai and the coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) George Weah. The runoff comes in the wake of failure by the two political Parties to obtain the constitutional 50 plus one vote to be declared winner of the election.
October 20, 2017 01:58 UTC
Charles Brusmkine has called for reelection and has therefore remained mute on whom he will endorse for the runoff election. Condition 3Cummings said the political party wanting his support in the runoff elections must ensure that the Liberians do not remain mere spectators of the economy. Alternatively, he could endorse Sen. Weah and sell him as a change but the primary concern would be what change? One has to put aside the fight for power garment and put on the power to fight garment of leadership. Revolutionaries fight to get power for the people and then use that power to fight for the people.
October 20, 2017 01:41 UTC
Out of a total 2.1 million registered voters, only 1.6 million cast their votes in the first round of Liberia’s historic presidential and legislative elections. What kept thousands of voters from the polls and how will it impact the run-off? According to the National Elections Commission, an average of 75 percent of eligible voters cast their ballots. The Constitution of Liberia article 83b requires that a candidate should have 50% +1 of the total number of votes cast in the given election. During the runoff Sirleaf had 478,526 of 59.4%, Weah had 327,046 amounted 40.6% while the turnout was 1,012,673- 74.9%, with 38,883 invalid votes.
October 20, 2017 01:41 UTC
The National Elections Commission (NEC) has finally announced the final results from the October 10th, 2017 Presidential and Representative Elections, declaring that none of the 20 Presidential Candidates obtained the Constitutional requirement of 50 percent plus one vote to be declared winner in a first round of voting. Declaring the final Presidential results today, Thursday, October 19, 2017, the Chairman Cllr. According to the final results by the NEC, the Liberty Party, LP of Cllr. Meanwhile, the Commission has declared political campaign opened for the November 7, run-off election as of today October 19, 2017. National Elections Commission Releases Final Results for the Presidential and Representative Elections as of 19 Oct 2017 2:00 pm(Visited 29 times, 23 visits today)Commentscomments
October 19, 2017 23:48 UTC
By ANNE BARNARD and HWAIDA SAADOCT|BEIRUT, Lebanon — American-backed forces have barely begun to clear the land mines from Raqqa after pushing the Islamic State from the city, the de facto capital of its self-declared caliphate. But the militants’ defeat there is already setting the stage for a new round of conflict and instability in Syria’s long civil war. Tensions are brewing over who will ultimately control Raqqa, where American-backed Kurdish and Arab forces declared victory on Tuesday. To defeat Islamic State, myriad international and Syrian combatants — many of them sworn enemies — banded together or put their conflicts on the back burner. Continue reading the main storySource: New York Times / News Now(Visited 7 times, 7 visits today)Commentscomments
October 19, 2017 23:48 UTC
Police Chief Bob Tracy said the children are both boys, one about 5 years old and the other a months-old infant. A Liberia native living in Delaware has been accused of drowning her own sons after cops say she became fearful she’d be deported. Pelima is a Liberian immigrant who came to the U.S.in 1997. Authorities say Pelima drowned the two boys. Arriving officers were able to determine that the children were deceased but were forced out of the home by a strong odor of gas.
October 19, 2017 23:37 UTC
The stunning loss of popular rapper Takun J and gospel musician Kanvee Adams who advocated against corruption, injustice and other societal ills through their songs came as a shock to many people, who are still wondering how it happened. Jonathan Koffa, the Hipco rapper commonly known as Takun J, contested in District #8 and Kanvee Adams in District #6, Montserrado County. This is because both Takun J and Kanvee Adams ran poor campaigns that did not really relate to the people. Takun J failures to do so broke his strong connection with the youth, who this gone election constituted the highest voting population, but mostly live in abject poverty. Lastly, the police raids in ghettos where Takun J had gone to campaign – which his opponents used to make the people believe Takun J was just not there to the campaign, but to use drugs, and his alleged arrest with drugs, harmed his campaign.
October 19, 2017 14:32 UTC
By Khaama Press|Militants affiliated with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group suffered heavy casualties in the latest airstrikes conducted by the US forces in eastern Nangarhar province of Afghanistan. The provincial police commandment in a statement said Wednesday that the latest airstrikes were carried out in the past 24 hours in Nazian and Achin districts of the province. The statement further added that 23 ISIS militants were killed in total in the airstrikes and another militant was wounded. The first airstrike was carried out using the unmanned aerial vehicles in Bandar Dara area of Achin district earlier today, leaving at least 11 militants dead, the statement said. Several weapons, ammunition, and explosives were also destroyed in the airstrikes, the police commandment said, adding that the local residents did not suffer any casualties.
October 19, 2017 07:41 UTC