Elections Headache: South-Easterners Say They Are Troubled Of Deplorable Roads Condition Ahead Of Elections

FLASH BACK: Bad road condition in south east

As campaign for the October 10, 2017 general and presidential elections draw closer, Liberians in the southeastern part of the country are said to be troubled due to the deplorable condition roads in that part of the country.

According to our Correspondents in Rover Gee, Maryland and Grand Kru Counties, the condition of roads in that part of the country are worsening each day backed with the heavy downpour of rains.

“The movement of goods and services are being hindered as a result of the lack of vehicles to ply the route due to the deplorable condition of road on the Maryland/River Gee Counties highway,” GNN Liberia Correspondent in Maryland County in his dispatch said.

Our Correspondents said many of the eligible voters for the pending elections are threatening to boycott the election if nothing is done by the Liberian Government to address their plight.

The citizens speaking to the GNN Liberia also blamed lawmakers who were elected in that part of the country for what the citizens described as ‘Paying deaf ears to the terrible situation they are doing through.

A resident of Fish Town, the capital city of River Gee County, Sampson Toe in a rather disturbed situation said he foresees the boycott of the elections by citizens from the three affected counties; Maryland, Grand Kru and River Gee, noting, “This situation is getting serious, and if the central government fails to address this issue, electorates in this part of the country will not vote,” Toe told our reporter in Fish town during an exclusive interview.

As citizens of those affected counties are calling for an urgent attention from the government, legislative and presidential aspirants in their bid to convince electorates during campaign period will find it very difficult in reaching out to the electorates in these three Counties.

Last week, the Minister of Public Works, Gyude Moore unveiling the Government of Liberia 20-year road plan estimated that it will cost about US$1.19 billion to complete the remaining primary road network, and further confirmed that about 57%, representing 1.189km of unpaved roads in Liberia are in poor or very poor condition, and will require rehabilitation or reconstruction to improve them to what he called “Maintainable level.”

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.