“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.) Op-ed 

July 26 Independence Celebration: Liberia’s True Freedom?

By Jackie Sayegh I wrote this more than six years ago and I find that it is as relevant today as the day it was written. Happy Birthday, Liberia. I happily turned to my daughter Chris and said, “Today is Liberia’s independence day”, to which she replied, “independence from which country?” That stopped me dead in my steps. Yes, independence from which country? Perhaps this day than should be called our National Day. As a student of Professor J Pal Chadhuri, who taught Liberian history for many years at the…

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July 26 Is Liberia’s 168th National Day

MONROVIA, July 21 (LINA) -President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has by proclamation declared Sunday, July 26, as Independence Day to be celebrated throughout the Republic as a National Holiday. The Proclamation added that since the Day falls on Sunday, it will be commemorated on Monday, July 27. According to a Ministry of Foreign Affairs release, the official festive celebration will take place under the Theme: “Celebrating Our Community As a Strong Foundation For Accelerated Development” The Presidential Proclamation urges all citizens and foreign residents within the borders of Liberia to observe…

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