As I see it, there is no other explanation for this government’s continuous intimidations of critics, but to force those it considers oppositions to be loyal followers; thereby creating a monolithic political society in which CDC’s grand vision of a one-party state will prevail. But Liberians have come a long way in pursuit of multiparty democracy and the notion that Liberia will be a one-party state is a dangerous foreplay in our political dialectics and a choice we are unwilling to stomach. Public Policy 

With public confidence low in the Supreme Court Justice Korkpor Assures Liberians of independence

Comfort M. Johnson MONROVIA, Oct. 13 (LINA) – The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Liberia has assured Liberians of the independence of the Court in deciding all cases brought before it, including matters which may arise from the pending December 8 mid-term Senatorial elections. Justice Francis S. Korkpor said the court will continue to be fair in its actions and decisions in elections or other cases while assuring all Liberians, political parties and associations as well as organizations to continue to trust the nation’s justice system during the…

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Interestingly, the 2017 elections have come and gone and many are clinging on to the CDC victory as if it’s the triumph of their lives. Some of these very ones, like myself have always considered George Oppong Weah, grossly incompetent and unfit for the office of the President of the Republic of Liberia. But some of these people are somersaulting suddenly and are singing praises to Weah. You will not believe who they’re scapegoats, THE PROGRESSIVES! Public Policy 

NDC writes Ecowas, advances Weah’s leaving power than see bloodbath in Liberia

      Your Excellency Badatunde Ajisomoi Olenrewaju Special Representative of the president ECOWAS Commission to Liberia Monrovia, Liberia   Your Excellency, Rise of the One Party Dominant State  On September 30, 2020, I wrote and called your attention to the threat of a constitutional crisis that hangs over Liberia because of the poor handling of the electoral process in Liberia and the inability of the George Weah government to maintain the peace. Since then, the brutal killing of key government workers in the financial accounting sector has sent fear…

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A member of the opposition Liberty Party and Senatorial candidate in upcoming elections was attacked at a rally in the slum community of New Kru Town allegedly by supporters of the ruling CDC. Senator Abraham Darius Dillon shortly, thereafter, angrily reacted by threatening to have his supporters stone the Presidential convoy. The National Security Agency (NSA)reacted  by warning that such action would be dealt with decisively. The Senator later retracted his statement and threat.   Liberia holds midterm elections in December and General and Presidential elections in 2023. To date, no investigation has been concluded by Liberian authorities nor anyone held to account for these election related violence. In Guinea and Cote’Ivoire, the opposition have been protesting against attempts by the incumbents to extend their rule by amending the constitutions Deadly shases and injutries have been reported.  By Our Political Reporters in Wasgington DC and Monrovia/African Star Public Policy 

U.S. Department of State Warns it wont tolerate election related violence or cheatings in Africa

Washington DC and Monrovia – October 8, 2020: The U.S. Government is putting African countries on notice about the integrity of upcoming elections on the continent. In statement issued on Thursday on the State Department’s website, Secretary Of State Mike Pompeo warned individuals who would dare interfere in the democratic process; especially those responsible for election related violence. “The United States is committed to supporting free, fair, inclusive elections. The conduct of elections is important not only for Africans, but also for defenders of democracy around the world. We believe…

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“The composition of the EMB (Electoral Members Board) should be representative of the society. . . Consideration should be given to appointing independent persons known within the society for their integrity. It is recommended that the chair of the commission should be a person who holds or has held high judicial office (a high court or supreme court judge). That is the practice in several countries. (Taken from the Southern African Development Community’s “Principles for Election Management, Monitoring, and Observation in the SADC Region”, as adopted by SADC in Johannesburg 2003.) Public Policy 

Where We Slipped: Choosing Electoral Board Members in Liberia

Jackie N. Sayegh “ Elections are central to competitive politics. They are central because, ideally, they should provide the opportunity for yesterday’s winners to become today’s losers, and for yesterday ‘ s losers to become today’s winners. The model of democracy on which this theory of elections is based is liberal democratic. The centrality of elections to liberal democratic politics also presupposes the importance, particularly of impartial electoral administration. This is because the indeterminacy of elections the possibility of erstwhile winners becoming losers and erstwhile losers becoming winners-which is an…

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Liberia has been looted and turned into a wasteland of neocolonial capitalism. The havoc wrought on the society by Weah is revealing of national neglect and the intense level of contempt Ellen and her cabal must-have for poor and working people to have orchestrated this farce on the fatherland. Weah's actions have angered the people, and they resolved to vote the CDC out at any electoral poll. And here comes the dubious plan Weah has reached. So, we are not astonished upon reading the list which comprises names of familiar stooges. Op-ed 

What kind of government is this? Ndubusi is a bad choice!

    By Martin K. N. Kollie Nwabudike has miserably failed “The Citizenship Test (TCT)”. His score is too tragic to reveal. He is unfit to even be called for Confirmation Hearing. It will be an affront to our Senators for a con man like Ndubusi to even be called for vetting. I will challenge him in a 20-page argument to be published tomorrow. This academic paper will consider 10 contexts that are mainly intended to render Pres. Weah’s choice for NEC Chairmanship legally flawed and logically inappropriate. Of course,…

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Liberia has been looted and turned into a wasteland of neocolonial capitalism. The havoc wrought on the society by Weah is revealing of national neglect and the intense level of contempt Ellen and her cabal must-have for poor and working people to have orchestrated this farce on the fatherland. Weah's actions have angered the people, and they resolved to vote the CDC out at any electoral poll. And here comes the dubious plan Weah has reached. So, we are not astonished upon reading the list which comprises names of familiar stooges. Op-ed 

NEC: Weah is determined to entrench himself in power against the popular will!

      Just when we thought Weah will spare us another political circus because our country has mobilized all efforts on the homeland to fight the killer virus, then George Weah’s obsession with power and his terminal fixation on entrenching himself even amid a viral pandemic sweeping the world and recording innumerable fatalities showed up. Political expediency would force even the wretched of souls to watch national mood before taking political actions— at least that should be the simplest requirement every leader would perform. The death sentence of  Liberian…

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Armed Forces of Liberia, affirms neutrality in elections

Monrovia – The attention of the Ministry of National Defense and the Armed Forces of Liberia has been drawn to the Institute for Research and Democratic Development (IREED) press release held on 5 October 2017 on Electoral Integrity and Abuse of Incumbency and published in the New Dawn Newspaper on 6 October 2017. The Armed Forces of Liberia High Command categorically refutes allegation against it neutrality as spread by this release. The Armed Forces of Liberia remains politically neutral in all electoral processes in Liberia and its personnel have at…

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Who Will Be the Fighting President?

Dear presidential candidates: The Liberian people are looking for a fighting president. The fighting president is the one who is willing to fight to give all Liberians equal fighting chance for better livelihoods. He or She is the one who is willing to summon a new dawn to mark a renewed beginning for Liberia by ending the “semi-godly presidency” and the “oligarchy governance structure” in the country. Which of you is the one? Our founding purpose is clear, which was and still is building a country of strong institutions not…

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House of Cards why Ellen doesn’t trust Boakai

The Ellen “House of Cards” in these elections: Why she doesn’t trust the current Unity Party candidate and exposure of her investments in Liberty Party and CDC: By Varney Anasters Teah Background: The Liberian General elections of 2017 is already parading many controversies. From crossing carpet to infightings, electoral activities have been filled with tension as well as surprising, if not mystical occurrences. However, the person dictating the current electoral climate is no other than the “Maradona” or in modern day attribution, the “Cristiano Ronaldo” of Liberian politics, Madam Ellen…

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Big Meat: Decentralizing Political Power In Liberia

Introduction: This essay is the expression, with emphasis, of the urgent need to De-Centralize the political, economic and administrative power, rigidly centralized in, tightly controlled by and meticulously dispensed from far-away, Republic of Monrovia. There is a need, I have always been convinced of, felt and articulated for Change, Reform – fundamental, comprehensive transformation of our socio-economic and political enterprise, with re-organization, re-structure of the system of our government, enshrined in our constitutions and utilized during these 165, now approaching 166 years. Decentralization: Political, Economic & Administrative Power in Liberia…

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