Recent declaration by the nation’s highest court, the Supreme Court of Liberia to nullify the request by the National Elections Commission (NEC) to deny two running mates of two opposition political parties, the Alternative National Congress (ANC) and the Movement for Economic Empowerment (MOVEE) for participating in the October 10, 2017 has been applauded by partisans of the subjected parties.
In it’s the highest court said, “As of the date of the decision of this Court in the [Selena Mappy -] Polson case, the violation not be considered egregious and that the National Elections Commission shall apply only the applicable penalty laid in the Code, short of disbarment or disqualification”, Associate Justice Phillip A. Z. Banks said in the Supreme Court Opinion Thursday, 20 July.
Prior to the decision of the court the National Elections Commission rejected Mr. Harrison Karnwea vice presidential candidate of the Liberty Party and Amb. Jeremiah Sulunteh vice presidential candidate of the bid on grounds that he was in violation of the Code of Conduct which instructs all presidential appointees to resign their posts two years ahead of elections if they have desires to contest in such elections.
Following the decision by the nation’s highest court, those partisans who had earlier lost hope for denying their candidates the rights to contest, were now hopeful and ready to holistically begin their respective campaign for the candidate of their choice as series of celebrations were taken place at their respective parties’ headquarters.
Who’s Who Are The Talk-About For 2017 Elections:
After two weeks of our last polling, the country’s political scene is on a daily basis getting hotter each day, as aspirants are expressing optimism and doing all in their powers to win the votes of the Liberian electorates.
The number of presidential aspirants who are being favored nationwide for the pending October 10, 2017 general and presidential elections, according to our pollsters is increasing by the day.
Latest information reaching this news outlet has revealed that electorates around the country have begun profiling their respective candidates as to why they should be elected to the nation’s highest seat, the presidency noting that it is about time that Liberians open their eyes in these elections period.
According to pollsters, the number of presidential candidates being talked about around the country has increased as compare to previous weeks when six of those wishing to contest for the presidency has now increased to seven including an independent presidential candidate who recently selected his running mate.
Statics gathered by GNN-Liberia pollsters around the country showed that four of the seven presidential candidates are making headway in their bid to capture the votes of electorates, while the others (Three presidential candidates) are said to be making some efforts in order to capture the hearts of voters.
Our pollsters said the four presidential candidates who are the most talk about include the current vice president and standard bearer of the ruling Unity Party (UP), Joseph Nyuma Boakai, the political leader of the opposition Liberty Party (LP), Charles Walker Brumskine, the Coalition for Democratic Change, Senator George Manneh Weah, and the political leader of the Alternative National Congress (ANC), Alexander B. Cummings.
According to GNN-Liberia pollsters, these individuals are the most talk about in most parts of the Country, while at the same time some electorates who spoke to GNN-Liberia said they are studying the electoral process and looking forward to choosing the right person who will honestly lead the country as a leader and not a ruler.
Other presidential candidates who are also winning the hearts of electorates are Senator Oscar Cooper, an independent presidential aspirant, Dr. Joseph Mills Jones of the Movement for Economic Empowerment (MOVEE), and Mr. Benoni Urey of the All Liberian Party (ALP).
Our pollsters said many of the towns and villages covered during the past three weeks, respondents crave for a leader who, according to them will be able to prioritize health, education, and above all to transform Africa’s oldest republic, Liberia as compare to other developed nations around the world.
BOAKAI’S BID: Some supporters of the Unity Party candidate for president who spoke to our team of pollsters around the country said they preferred the candidacy of the Vice President, Joseph N. Boakai, because according to them, “It is better to be with the devil you know than the angel you have not seen,” stressing that the Boakai presidency will help to complete those many projects that will be left on attended to. But for others they argued to the contrary, noting that the election of Boakai for presidency will means to retain the services of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf whose tenure is expected to end in 2018.
BRUMSKINE TICKET: Many supporters of the Liberty Party who spoke to our pollsters around the country, expressed optimism that their candidate come October 10, 2017 will be voted for, and that he is the only candidate who will make Liberia better under the Liberty Party led Government, and further described the LP political leader as one of the cleanest Liberian politicians. But for others who were interviewed, said “Given Liberia to the Liberty Party led Government will be a great disaster for the people of Liberia”. They also expressed fear that the Liberty Party ‘Strongman’ will likely not make it during the pending elections.
THE WEAH QUEST: Even though the popularity of the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) previously known as the Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) is gradually corroding as compare to previous years, but still the party is maintaining its posture as a ‘Grassroot Political Party’ in the country. Many of its supporters from the youthful population of the country have vowed to canvass for the presidential quest of the Party’s political leader, George Manneh Weah at all cost come the October 10, 2017 elections. But to the contrary, some electorates who spoke to our pollsters around the country argued that the presidential bid for the CDC political leader for now should not be considered at this current stage, stressing, “Senator Weah is not presidentially matured, and therefore, let him give himself enough time for this; probably next elections will be appropriate for him,” one of the electorates who spoke to our pollster in Grand Kru County noted.
CUMMINGS’ INTENT: The standard bearer of the Alternative National Congress (ANC), Mr. Alexander B. Cummings, the newest on the Liberian political scene, is however making strides in his bid to rule Liberia after the departure of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf from office in 2018. Many of his supporters from around the country say they are optimistic of his leadership for the country, Liberia. Describing him as one of the cleanest candidates amongst the rest of the presidential candidates on the bloc. Some of his diehard supporters who spoke to our pollsters around the country expressed fear of the issue of the Code of Conduct or CoD, and the issue of the residency clause. But for those against his bid for the presidency, and however considered him as Liberia’s best choice, said despite of his clean records locally and internationally, his election as the next president of Liberia will fall by the wayside, noting that his late arrival in the country to contest the presidency did give him the sufficient time with the people he wants to rule.
COOPER’S QUEST: Senator Oscar Cooper of Margibi County is the only independent presidential candidate in the race so far, his advocacies for the interest of the majority of the Liberian people has overwhelmingly captured the hopes of most electorates in four counties, including Nimba, Bong, Margibi and Montserrado counties making reference of his stance at the Liberian Senate to fight corruption. Respondents who spoke to our pollsters also made reference of Senator Cooper’s recent selection of Attorney Wonderr K. Freeman, one of Liberia’s respected financial crimes investigators as his running mate showcased that he will deal with corrupt officials who will plunder the wealth of Liberia when elected as Liberia’s next President.
JONES QUEST: Joseph Mills Jones, the political leader of the Movement for Economic Empowerment (MOVEE) who previously served as Executive Governor of the Central Bank of Liberia is significantly making an impact in some parts of Liberia through the introduction of the microfinance, where the Central Bank of Liberia under the leadership of Jones gave out loans to the Liberia Business Association and the Liberia Marketing Association. As a result of this loan scheme, he was called the ‘Poverty Doctor’, this strides on the part of Governor Jones made him popular from the Liberian business community. But others from the financial sector described the move by Jones to dish out cash to people under the canopy of ‘Poverty Doctor’ to gain favor from the public during his political sojourn was indeed illegal, while at the same time, some electorates who spoke to our pollsters also condemned the action of the CBL former Governor to dish out monies to people without going through the proper channel.
UREY’S QUEST: Businessman Benoni Urey, who many considered as Liberia’s Donald Trump and political leader of the All Liberian Party (ALP) support is gradually gaining grounds in some parts of the country, especially the ‘diehard’ supporters of the defunct National Patriotic Front of Liberia (NPFL), a rebel group headed by detained ex-Liberian President Charles Ghankay Taylor.
This poll is an exclusive done by the GNN-Liberia nationwide pollsters and should not be considered as an officials poll from the Country’s electoral body, NEC.