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Aspirants--Liberians Set For Senatorial Poll

Supporters of George Weah stood by as they watched queues of Robert Sirleaf's supporters (some in convoy) marched through the principle streets of Monrovia.


Independent candidate Sirleaf was in a carrier waving to people who might be his supporters.

It's quite a good crowd, but it is not comparable to mammoth of people that lacked down Monrovia about two weeks ago when George Weah, the candidate of the main opposition Congress for democratic Change (CDC) launched his campaign.

Mr. Sirleaf's campaign on Thursday was relatively peaceful and there was no report of provocation from rival supporters of the CDC. Some Liberians, who watched supporters of Mr. Sirleaf marched through the streets of Monrovia, said they weren't confident that he would win.

“It will be a disaster for Rob Sirleaf on Saturday,” James Yekeson, a mechanic for more than ten years remarked. “I saw Weah's launch the other day, it was an indication that the CDC candidate would certainly emerge victorious.”

The CDC is expected to hold a victory march today.  In about 24 hours, Liberians across the country are going to decide personalities who will represent them at the national legislature. So far, political commentators predict that there would be a protest vote against the current lawmakers on grounds that they have not actually advocated on their behalf.

Most of the senators seeking re-election have been accused of signing concessions or enacting legislation that do not seek the interest of their people.

Tough battles are expected in a number of counties, including Grand Cape Mount County where Cllr. Varney Sherman, the chairman of the ruling Unity Party faces incumbent Senator Abel Massalay who is reported to be one of the longest serving members of the Legislature.

Although unpredictable, political commentators believe that the contest is among Geologist Dr. Foday Kromah of the CDC, Massalay and Cllr. Sherman, the erudite lawyer is slightly ahead of an opinion poll.

In Nimba, incumbent Senator Prince Johnson faces a tight contest against former Superintendent Edith Gongloe Weh and former Education Minister Dr. Joseph Korto. Either Johnson or Edith could win. In Grand Gedeh, incumbent representative Zoe Pennoh, is reportedly the likely choice of the people.

However, he faces Samuel K. Doe, Jr., former university English lecturer Charles Breeze and others.

As Liberians vote on Saturday, the international community has called for peaceful process and urged Liberians to be mindful of the reality that Ebola is still here.