By Jimmey C. Fahngon
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Liberians will in October this year go to the polls to elect a new president and members of the 54th House of Representatives to stir the affairs of the country.
Already, dozens of Liberians have declared their intention to contest the country’s highest seat (presidency) either on the tickets of political parties or as independent candidates. At the same time, hundreds of Liberians have also declared their intention to contest seats in the House of Representatives.
From all indications, the political field will be over crowded considering the number of individuals seeking elective posts during the ensuing elections.
As a result, the voting populace will be faced with a delicate situation as to who to elect as their representatives and president.
Most of the candidates are not known politically; especially representative aspirants thus making it difficult for the electorate to make an informed decision. Hence, this column, which will be published every Friday, will attempt to help voters know their candidates. It will bring to the public information about the aspirants, their works over the years including contributions made toward the development of their communities, yea Liberia. It will also highlight what the aspirants would do when elected, among other key things.
The sole purpose for this column is to ensure that Liberians make informed decisions that will be in the interest of our common denominator, Mama Liberia.
Too often, our people have the tendency of saying, “da the people thing…I don’t have anybody working in government,” thereby downplaying the electoral process; forgetting to know whatsoever decision that will be made will either affect them positively or negatively.
Considering the critical nature of the pending elections, this column will seek to encourage everyone to participate in the process.
This is the first time in our modern democracy that Liberia will have a sitting president transferring power to an elected president. The world will be watching Liberia as we go to the polls on October 10, 2017, ushering in a new chapter in our national history.
That is why, it is imperative for everyone to participate in the process to ensure that individuals who will be elected, will truly transform Liberia for the better.
Many at times, we complained that those we elected both in the Legislature and Executive seeks their personal interest at the detriment of the people.
This is because we elect people who we do not know. Too often, we look at what candidate A can give us to vote for him, though he’s not qualified to lead or has never contributed anything toward the development of our communities.
One common statement that we (electorate) make during elections is “Let me eat what I can eat from that man yah….because when he is elected, I will not get anything from him.” For real?
This means that you are the reason why elected officials do not do anything for your country. If you know that when a candidate is elected, he or she will not do anything for your community, why vote for him? Voting for him/her because of the immediate benefit that you get does more harm to you, your community and country.
Thus, this column will educate the voting populace on the importance of knowing your candidate…why you should examine every candidate thoroughly…and why your participation in the process is important…
Watch Out Next Friday For Our Maiden Edition!