The Donald Trump’s trademark style of campaigning centered on xenophobia is finding its way into the body politics of Liberia, as divisive politics of hate speech of tribalism, coarse nationalism and ethnicity are not out of place among a growing number of the candidates’ supporters and associates. It further goes on to assess how democracy is perceived and practiced nowadays in post-war Liberia, with focus on the general overview of divisive politics and Liberian women involvement in the this year’s poll. As an evident, this has been the case of several political parties such as the TWP, NPP, UPP, LUP, LAP and NDPL. But one might ask, is divisive politics the answer to our daunting problems in Liberi? In recent time divisive politics have taken an upward trend, as certain politician and lawmakers have been angels and prophets of advocating tribal, sectional and regional divisive politics.
June 22, 2017 09:45 UTC
Vice President Joseph Nyuma Boakai has urged the National Legislature to give full and urgent attention to the passage of the Whistleblower and Witness Protection Bill into law, a LACC press release said yesterday. The VP expressed government’s commitment to breaking the chain of corruption, which he noted would help provide good education, healthcare delivery services and social protection for all. “I do feel embarrassed that every time we face our partners, we are either asking them for a favor or thanking them for one we have received,” the Vice President said. The one-day colloquium was intended to solicit the support of the Legislature for the passage of the Whistleblower and Witness Protection Bill into Law. It was also aimed at raising awareness among civil society organizations (CSOs) and other state actors on the importance of the Whistleblower and Witness Protection Law in Liberia.
June 22, 2017 03:35 UTC
- Chief Justice Francis Korkpor cautions two new Commissioned Judges not to align with politiciansBy Abednego DavisChief Justice Francis Korkpor yesterday warned judges who are aligned with political parties to immediately desist from the act. Justice Korkpor warned that any judge seen participating in political activities during the upcoming presidential and legislative elections will be seriously dealt with, though he did not explain the kinds of punishment that disobedient judges will face. Judge Dunbar, who spoke on behalf of the inductee pair, lauded President Sirleaf for the confidence she reposed in them. Criminal Court ‘E’ Resident Judge Serena Garlawolu has over ten years of active legal experience, having joined the profession in 2006. She holds a Bachelor of Arts (BBA) degree in Business Administration from the University of Liberia (UL) and a Bachelor of Law degree (LLB) from the Louis Arthur Grimes School of Law, also at the UL.
June 22, 2017 03:33 UTC
The Liberian media institutions (national and local) are highly interested in reporting political happenings (total coverage) as compared to public health related issues or/ prevention messages. Both health and media authorities may argue that health information essential for public consumption is not forthcoming while health authorities may think that media authorities find less interest in covering health related activities attentively. Regrettably, locally and nationally assigned media reporters are more of politicians rather than public health educators. Significant health related story like the last one was over shadowed by the wrongfulness of endorsing VP Boakai at the capitol building. Finally, if media do not revised the level of relaxation on health related matters reportage (TBS, Bomber and, Costa shows etc.
June 22, 2017 03:00 UTC
Concerns over Voters’ Roll Ahead of Liberia ElectionsThe Editor,The Emancipation Movement of Liberia, Inc. (EMOL) says National Elections Commission (NEC) decision to allow non-listed individuals on the official voter’s roster to vote is a recipe for fraud, uncertainty, and the resurrection of conflict in Liberia. EMOL is a registered non-profit United States and Liberia non-partisan peace building advocacy organization accredited by NEC to conduct voter’s education in the ensuring 2017 general and Presidential elections. NEC reportedly announced it will allow non-listed individuals carrying voter’s registration cards to vote in the ensuing general Elections slated for October 10, 2017. How does one get a registration card when his or her name is not on the official voter’s roister? By now, the NEC should have announced and published total number of nationwide eligible and registered voters and eligible and registered voters in each of the 73 electoral districts in the country.
June 22, 2017 03:00 UTC
Monrovia – Chief Justice Francis S. Korkpor has inducted into office two judges at the Temple of Justice. Judges Sheapolor Dunbar and Serena Garlawolo took the oath of office Wednesday, June 21, 2017, at the conference hall of Criminal Court “B”. Judge Garlawolo took the oath of office to serve as one of the judges of Criminal Court “E” (Rape Court). The two judges were appointed by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf in May based on the recommendation of Chief Justice Korkpor. Chief Justice Korkpor reiterated that election is essential for those that will be legitimized to control the government and warned the judges that the Judiciary was not the place for politics.
June 22, 2017 02:37 UTC
Monrovia – The Emancipation Movement of Liberia, Inc. (EMOL) says National Elections Commission (NEC) decision to allow non-listed individuals on the official voter’s roster to vote is a recipe for fraud, uncertainty, and the resurrection of conflict in Liberia. EMOL is a registered non-profit United States and Liberia non-partisan peace-building advocacy organization accredited by NEC to conduct voter’s education in the ensuring 2017 general and Presidential elections. NEC reportedly announced it will allow non-listed individuals carrying voter’s registration cards to vote in the ensuing general and Presidential elections slated for October 10, 2017. By now, the NEC should have announced and published a total number of nationwide eligible and registered voters and eligible and registered voters in each of the 73 electoral districts in the country. EMOL said the last thing Liberians at home abroad need at this critical time in the country’s history is uncertainty and confusion arising from electoral fraud.
June 22, 2017 02:26 UTC
Speaking to FrontPageAfrica Wednesday, Mr. Dumoe it is welcoming that the Vice President has finally seen the errors of his ways and changed tactics but charged that the Liberty Party sees his admonition as too little too late. "So, you told us, nobody should lay claim on Grand Bassa, Grand Bassa is for all, and it’s for all Liberians." Mr. Dumoe averred that Article 79 (d) of the Constitution forbids ethnic politics and that the National Elections Commission would be within its rights to withdraw the certificate of the ruling party if the rhetoric continues unabated. “It is important to also add that the LP believes that no one can prosper in a divided nation. "We believe an apology to the Liberian people and the peoples of the sisterly countries that spent blood and treasure to Liberia find peace."
June 22, 2017 02:15 UTC
Monrovia - Liberia is 110 days away from elections and there are still undecided voters, despite having over 20 candidates in the Presidential race. Many market women between the ages of 30-60 years told FPA they’re yet to decide who to vote for as President in October. She said,“I really don’t know who I'm voting for because I want God to touch my heart before I vote. The first time we voted woman and I don’t know who to vote for. I have my voter registration card, my vote is my secret and when the time comes, I will vote.
June 22, 2017 02:03 UTC
The hearing took place in Tubmanburg, Bomi County at the NEC local headquarters. Rep. Karmo, who represented himself before the Magistrate and team of National Elections Commission resisted the appeal from Sannoh on grounds that the commission has up to the 28th of the month to hear the case in keeping with the NEC guideline. "I believe Rep, Snowe has a good case and has good chances of prevailing. Rep. Snowe has the right under the law to appear to defend himself and he has a good case." Six, Montserrado County must be barred, stopped and precluded from being domiciled in Bomi County for the 2017 legislative and Presidential elections.
June 22, 2017 01:41 UTC
Seboe’s challenge is still up in the air following his recent arrest over an allegation of elections fraud. But despite the competition, Morris is hopeful that his emphasis on health, agriculture, and education will convince voters that he’s the right candidate for the job. It is a field Morris embraces and one he is confident would present a challenge that he is more than ready to tackle. “My platform stands on five pillars namely: Agriculture, health, education, infrastructure, and roads.”On Agriculture, Morris says he is looking at innovative ways of helping the citizens improve agriculture through a value-chain approach which will create jobs and reduce unemployment. On infrastructure, Morris believes that there are creative and innovative ways of improving the shanty towns and villages within the district.
June 22, 2017 01:30 UTC
“I think when Senator Johnson spoke his statements were taken out of context." Fast forward to 2016 and Senator Johnson was again pulling the strings to test his popularity amongst the opposition politicians ahead of this year’s crucial elections. “We want all opposition to get UP out,” Senator Johnson shouted amid thunderous applauds from LP partisans. “I think when Senator Johnson spoke his statements were taken out of context. Like Prince Johnson in Nimba County, arguably, Weah cannot perform beyond Montserrrado County but might make it to a run-off election.
June 22, 2017 01:27 UTC
He accused the auditors of carrying out an audit without contacting him. “The auditor conducted an audit on a program in which I was named multiple times without contacting me during the entire audit process. The first contact I made with the auditors was on Friday, June 2, a day after the draft report was issued. Dr. Kollie went on to inform the Presiden that the languages used by auditors left for a different set of actors in the process. ‘Was Never Involved in Day-to-Day Vetting’Said Dr. Kollie: “The auditor claims that I singularly approved and disbursed loan singularly without any regards to understanding how the project was operated.
June 22, 2017 01:07 UTC
And this is also to prove that he believes in religious tolerance,” said Mr. Kamara. According to him, Liberians will continue to live in peace and harmony through religious tolerance, which is enshrined in the Liberian Constitution. “As it is enshrined in our constitution, the ANC believes in religious tolerance. We believe in coexistence as one people of one country called Liberia,” Mr. Kamara continued. Receiving the items, the Secretary General of the Lakpazee Central Mosque, Mr. Eddie Luseni, thanked the ANC through Mr. Kamara for the donation, which according to him, will forever be remembered.
June 21, 2017 18:22 UTC
“Our investigation have established that Mr. Lansanna has been requesting some companies in western Liberia and in recent times in the south east for money,” he said. “this man goes around using his position, we are told, to call some officials from the concession companies to request for money. Mr. Morris also alleged that Mr. Lansanna office has been questioned by the concession companies due to his behavior. “If he was behaving like a coordinator, I think the concession companies will not doubt his credibility. Mr. Lansanna would not comment on the allegations despite several efforts to obtain his version of the story.
June 21, 2017 13:18 UTC