Liberia, A Country Of Less Than Four Million People Struggles With 40 Political Parties For 2017 Elections, An Amazing Tale


This may sound like a fiction to anyone who may have read that Liberia, Africa’s oldest republic, and a country that gave birth to the continent’s first female President is expected to have over forty political parties for the pending 2017 general and presidential elections, this is a reality according to the National Elections Commission (NEC).

It is amazing to note that a country with less than four million people and has all the riches from its natural resources is being battled out with over forty two presidential candidates whose only expedition is to grab  whatever they can lay their hands during their gambit.

The Chairman of the National Elections Commission (NEC), Jerome Korkoya speaking during the certification of the country’s two newest political parties, the Movement for Democracy and Reconciliation (MDR) and Vision for Liberia Transformation (VOLT); bringing to twenty-two the current number of registered political parties, , noted that the accreditation of the two new parties shows that democracy is truly at work in the country because the people of Liberia are now freely exercising their freedom of association.

With the roll call of more political parties in Liberia, Liberians who spoke to our reporter today seems not to be happy of the level of greediness being exhibited by their kinsmen who are seeking for political powers, and have refused to settle on the table of collaboration in their political maneuverings and only putting forward their political greed.

“It is indeed disheartened to see this tiny Country we call Liberia with less than four million people to have forty two political parties with their respective presidential candidates is hard to believe; what are we heading to, God safe this country from greedy people,” Annie Johnson-Toe, a Liberian businesswoman speaking on this noted.

“I have been wondering as to whether we are serious in this country, even those we call politicians are all the same; fighting to destroy us; everyone want to be president, who will they rule?” Abraham Dorleh a businessman speaking to our staff also noted.

Liberians from all works of life are saying the same thing about the growing number of political parties in Liberia nowadays, and questioning the sincerity of some of those who are in the forward march of the growing number of political parties in Liberia.

Some Liberians who also spoke to our reporter said these diehard politicians are  only doing this to enrich themselves, and called on the national legislature to enact law that will put in place the reduction of political parties in Liberia.

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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.