Analysis: Liberia’s 2017’s First Presidential Debate

The Most Prominent Candidates in Liberia’s October 2017 Presidential Election

UP Standard Bearer; Joseph N. Boakai, CDC George M. Weah, LP Charles W. Brumskine, ALP Benoni Urey, MOVEE Joseph Mills Jones and ANC Alexander B. Cummings

The West African nation of Liberia is scheduled to hold presidential and legislative elections on October 10, 2017. The winner of the Presidential poll will replace outgoing president Madam Ellen Johnson Sirleaf who has led the country from 2006 to 2017.

There are 22 presidential candidates, but the most serious, popular and accomplished candidates include current Vice President Joseph N. Boakai of the Unity Party (UP), Charles W. Brumskine of the Liberty Party (LP), Alexander B. Cummings of the Alternative National Congress (ANC), Dr. Joseph Mills Jones of the Movement for Economic Empowerment, Senator George M. Weah of the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC), and Benoni Urey of the All Liberian Party (ALP).

Six presidential candidates were invited to a debate to outline their governance plans to the Liberian people. Those invited included Mr. Benoni Urey, Standard Bearer of the All Liberian Party, Mr. Alexander Cummings, Standard Bearer of the Alternative National Congress, and Dr J. Mills Jones, Standard Bearer of the Movement for Economic Empowerment. Vice President Joseph N. Boakai, Standard Bearer of the Unity Party, Cllr. Charles W. Brumskine, Standard Bearer of the Liberty Party, and Sen. George M. Weah, Standard Bearer of the Coalition for Democratic Change.

Senator George Weah and Dr. Joseph Mills Jones did not attend. No reasons were given for their abrupt failure to attend.

During the debate, each presidential aspirant onstage was asked to outline their plans in six key areas and how they will fund whatever their plans are. The six key areas were:  the economy; security and rule of law; peace and reconciliation; anti-corruption policy; agriculture; and youth empowerment.

The debate was significant because it allowed the citizens and the international community to gauge the thinking and preparedness of those who want to succeed President Sirleaf in January 2018.

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Source: Globe Afrique

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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.