CoC’s Bid To ‘Muddy’ Liberia’s Political Waters As The Big Six Trails

ELECTIONS 2017 L/R: The big six – Boakai, Brumskine, Weah, Cummings, Jones and Urey

Despite denial of some vice-presidential candidates and others for legislative bid by the National Elections Commission (NEC) for the October 10, 2017 general and presidential elections, supporters of some of these political parties say they are optimistic that their candidates will go to the poll, and that nothing can derail their political progress in this electoral period.

According to our nationwide pollsters, Liberian electorates are electrifying their support to their respective candidates in the face of NEC’s bid to uphold the work of the ombudsman which oversees the much talk about Code of Conduct; rejecting public officials who are contesting without resigning their appointed positions.

GNN pollsters around the Country in their latest release of polls said they have observed in their respective localities that some of the supporters of some of the political currently facing NEC rejection are not worried, noting that they are confidence that the names of their respective candidates will be on the ballot box.

While others speaking to the GNN pollsters contended that the National Elections Commission should not hesitate to reject any politicians, especially those who are vying for elected positions as spelled out by the Code of Conduct. “Let the law apply its strength, not one is above the law,” Savior Robertta Jones a resident of Robertsport, Grand Cape Mount County who spoke to the GNN, noted.

According to our pollsters, the current strength of some of the political parties vying for the presidency is rapidly increasing around the Country making reference of the Unity Party (UP) of Joseph Boakai, the Liberty Party (LP) of Charles W. Brumskine, the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) of George Weah, the Alternative National Congress (ANC) of Alexander Cummings. Others are the All Liberian Party (ALP) of Benoni Urey and the Movement for Economic Empowerment (MOVEE) of Joseph Mills Jones are the most talk about political parties.

Few weeks ago, there were five political parties (UP, LP, CDC, ANC, MOVEE) that were the most talked about around the Country, but the current statistics of the GNN pollsters’ results has revealed that people are talking about the All Liberian Party of businessman Benoni Urey, with its presence felt in rural Montserrado County and other parts of the Country, making specific reference of Nimba County.

BOAKAI’S HOPE: Diehard supporters of the UP presidential candidate are still confidence that their support will gain a fruitful result at the 2017 polls for the election of their candidate as Liberia’s next president. Noting that his election will help to complete what will left undone.

BOAKAI’S CRITICS: But to the contrary, some critics of the UP presidential candidate told our pollsters that the election of VP Boakai come October 10, 2017 is extending the tenure of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, this they feel will not be in the interest of Liberians.

BRUMSKINE’S HOPE: The Liberty Party (LP) supporters who spoke to the GNN pollsters also expressed optimistic of their candidate winning the 2017 election, noting that long overdue. They also boasted that their candidate has all the leadership strength to take Liberia to another level, where all Liberians will have the opportunity to enjoy their nation’s wealth.

BRUMSKINE’S CRITICS: Some critics of the Liberty Party political leader presidential bid say he should abide by his earlier promise made of getting out of politics during the last elections where he was defeated. “Cllr. Brumskine should see reason of returning to his farm as he early promised, and leave politics for now,” one of the critics of the Liberty Party’s political leader in Cape Mounty County, Lawrence Keizolu told our western pollster. “Given Liberia to the Liberty Party led Government will be a great disaster for the people of Liberia”. Another critic of the Liberty Party, Nathaniel Garway, a citizen of Grand Bassa County currently residing in Robertsport, Grand Cape Mounty in a chat with our staff noted.

WEAH’S HOPE: “George Weah is our next president come October 10, 2017, we will give him and the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) our total support for a win,” Josiah Smith of West Point, Monrovia in a chat with the GNN boastfully noted. CDC supporters most of whom are young people in Monrovia and its environs speaking in an interview said they are optimistic of CDC becoming victorious in the pending elections.

WEAH’S CRITICS: For others, it is to the contrary, noting that the presidential candidate of the CDC must put in more time in experiencing what it takes to be president for a country that is opting for a real democracy. “I love George Weah as an individual, but not for our Country presidency. He must prepare himself for the next term,” Jeremiah Toe of River Gee County speaking to a team of GNN pollsters in Fish Town said.  Similar thoughts were also expressed by others in the County.

CUMMINGS’ HOPE: Several Liberians who spoke to GNN pollsters in southeastern Liberia; comprising Maryland, Grand Kru, River Gee and Sinoe Counties applaud the presidential bid of the Alternative National Congress (ANC) presidential candidate, but expressed regret of his late arrival on the Liberian political scene. Many perceived him as one of the most ‘Principle Minded’ individuals in the race. “Mr. Alexander B. Cummings should have been the most reliable and credible person to carry as our President in the upcoming elections, but came into the country political scene late. His cleaned records showed at the Coca-Cola Global Company where he served with honesty and dedication is capable of applying same if he came earlier,” Jackson Freeman, a resident of Harper, Maryland County speaking to the GNN stressed. Like Freeman, others who spoke to our team in the southeast noted similarly.

CUMMINGS’ CRITICS: However, the Cummings ticket for presidency has received some lashes, with others saying, the name Alexander Cummings in the Liberian political arena is a very strange name to mention; his political experience has also been questioned by his critics, requesting him to throw his hat in the race the next election, instead of this time. “We agreed that this guy is one of Liberia’s trustworthy individuals, who can be trusted, but for the presidency I beg to disagreed,” Aaron Tokpa, a resident of Voinjama, Lofa County told the GNN.

JONES’ HOPE: The political leader of the Movement for Economic Empowerment or MOVEE, Joseph Mills Jones support continue to swell mostly among market women, and other business sectors due to his financial support to them when he was at the Central Bank of Liberia (CBL) as Executive Governor; providing loans to these businesses. His support mainly comes from western Liberia, including Grand Cape Mount, Bomi and Gbarpolu Counties stressing that he has interest in the neediest, as compare to others.

JONES’ CRITICS: But on the contrary, some Liberians, residents of Monrovia and its environs criticized the loan system introduced at the CBL by the former Executive Governor, now a presidential aspirant for the 2017 elections, noting that the monies made available to marketers and other Liberian businesses under the canopy of empowering Liberians was a mare scan to ascend to power. “The loan system introduced by Governor Jones during his tenure at the CBL was a policy of the institution, and not as an individual. As was done my Governor Jones putting Liberians under the impression that he cared for them at that time,” Josephine Morris of Oldest Congo Town in a chat with one of GNN’s pollsters said.

UREY’S HOPE: The All Liberian Party (ALP) political leader, businessman turned politician political bid is gradually pulling crowds in some parts of the Country, according to our pollsters in Nimba, and some parts of Bong County (Bong Mines), and some parts of rural Montserrad County. Some of his supporters who spoke to our staff agreed that his presidency will help to bring more dignity in the Liberian economy, being a businessman himself. Many of his supporters are those of Charles Taylor’s loyalists who believed that his way of doing things are similar to that of Mr. Charles Taylor who is currently behind bars in the UK for crimes against humanity.

UREY’S CRITICS: Many who spoke to our pollsters around the Country believes the ALP political leader will not win election as he craves; they queried about his wealth acquired during the regime of the defunct National Patriotic Front of Liberia (NPFL) which came of the National Patriotic Party-led government. The critics speaking to the GNN pollsters also noted that it is indeed impossible for Urey to be elected when he is still being banned of traveling to the United States, a country considered as the world’s superpower.

However, some Liberians who were interviewed by our pollsters around country and believed to be the ‘Watch and See’ Liberians who have not decided as to who to vote for in the pending elections say they are praying for a peaceful election come October 10, 2017, and further cautioned would be Liberian voters to open their eyes during these elections.

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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.