“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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These Senators Must Hit The Road: Game On Liberia’s Election

The Editor, For the past 9 years, we hired our soon-to-be-ex-senators to work for us, but every day, they dress up in fine clothing, come to work late, and blow hot air up our butts! And now they want us to hire them for 9 more years? For what? To blow more hot air up our butts Please. Re: “Game On..Liberia’s Election” Article 1 of our Constitution states that “….In order to ensure democratic government which responds to the wishes of the governed, the people shall have the right at…

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Elections: Looming Constitutional Crisis Hangs Over Liberia

By P. Oxford Brown Liberians Politicians are disagreeing with President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to suspend the October senatorial election because of the current Ebola crisis. Senator Jewel Howard Taylor of Bong County, Rep. Gabriel Smith of Grand Bassa and Oscar Bloh of the Elections Coordinating Committee, a subsidiary of Liberia’s Council of Civil Society Organizations, in a panelist discussion recently were divided on suggestions for the revision of constitutional provision, Article 83 (A) for flexibility on electoral time lines in times of crisis. On the prevailing state of emergency  as…

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Presidential Characters And The Road To 2017

By: Jefferson Davidson Historically, there has not been much evidence that a two term ruling party was successful in winning a third term presidency. But you know in Liberia, the possibility of strange things happening is not as strange as many are aware. Like Napoleon said: “In politics, stupidity is not a handicap.” And in the Liberian parlance it is often said that “poverty is no respecter of persons.” Legitimizing wrong decisions during electioneering processes is not unique to us Liberians. In this piece of narrative which shall overtime form the basis…

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