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Campaigning For The senatorial election is underway despite protests from some quarters of the Liberian society that the election should be halted. Last week, a law office, Justice and Public Interest Consortium Africa (JUPICA), filed a prohibition request through the office of the Chambers Justice pleading with the Supreme Court of Liberia to stop the election because of the Ebola disease.
The Group Argues that campaigning, huge public gathering in which crowds will rub against each other is in violation of the process set in place to fight Ebola. The law group said huge gathering would further exacerbate the current Ebola cases and lead to new cases at an alarming rate which could ultimately lead to more premature deaths of Liberians across the country.
While The Legal issues are before the Supreme Court for determination, similarly, another alarming issue is gradually taking over the political process, which if not halted, would spiral violence. The intent of the special senatorial election is to fulfill the constitutional requirements and avoid crisis that could possibly throw Liberia backward.
We’ve Observed That supporters of certain political parties or candidates are engaging in acts that are inimical to the spirit and intent of democracy. We’ve also noticed that supporters of rival candidates are engaged in rhetoric violence by attacking the messenger and avoiding the message. This is counter-productive to our infant democracy and it undermines our abilities to discuss the real issues.
We Do Not want to call names but it is uncouth to refer or post photographs or inscriptions about a candidate simply to denigrate him unjustifiably without discussing the issues. This is not politics; it’s personal attacks which should not be entertained. Those who presume that a certain candidate is immoral should be careful because there is a Liberian proverb which says “when you point one finger at someone, three are pointed at you.”
This Should Close the argument completely because it is not good for our country, which is experiencing one of the worst times in its history. The election should be void of obnoxious lingo and personal attacks. We abhor those who want to venture in such an uncivilized crusade just to score political points. Therefore, we call on the Elections Commission to remain vigilant and deal with those who want to undermine the process or else, it could go out of hand.