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Liberia Elections News Review - 10 Th June 2011
Friday 10th June 2011
Many Still Unaware of Referendum
August 23, 2011 is the date set by the National Elections Commission (NEC) for a constitutional Referendum in Liberia with massive preparation by the electoral body to meet up with its timeline.

NEC has since announced the launch of campaign for the national referendum with the accreditation of several civil society organizations to campaign for or against four proportions to be amended in August. The electoral body says it has begun sensitization and awareness campaign in every parts of the country for the citizens to be aware and make informed decisions on the four provisions to be amended.
The Inquirer

Buttressing The Message Against Post Elections Violence (Editorial)
When he spoke on Center Street and the densely polluted slum community of WestPoint separated on Thursday, June 9, 2011, Montserrado County District #2 Representative, Rufus Neufville, cautiously warned the youths in the country not to allow what he called “bad politicians” to use them in post elections violence in any form and shape should the results of the pending presidential and general slated for October of this year do not go in their favor.
While further cautioning the youths against post elections violence, Representative Neufville called on them to take cue from the recent Ivorian post elections violence that almost brought that country to the brink of civil war.
He reminded them that post elections violence is dangerous, stressing innocent people usually get killed, infrastructure destroyed and the economic pillaged, thereby bringing the country to its knees.

Among other things, he encouraged the youths to eschew violence and be peaceful as well as say no to whoever that calls on them to engage in violence.
For us, we wholeheartedly welcome Representative Neufville’s message against post election because it is well-time and well thought-out.
As he rightly stated, post elections violence is dangerous as witnessed in our very nose in Ivory Coast, and henceforth, it is very important for the youths to head his warning since they are always at center stage of violence.
We had stated in our previous editorials that violence is not the solution to whatever grievances we may have.
We had said and continue to state that peaceful path is the best way to address our grievances.
To this end, we commend the lawmaker for his message. It is our ardent hope that it will be heede for the betterment of our beloved country.
Heritage

Clash over Ellen’s Re-Election Bid
A youth group has expressed serious opposition to President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s re-election bid. The youth group under the banner of te Movement Against the Re-election of Madam Sirleaf (MAREMS) has called on the Liberian people not to elect her for the second term in office as President.
President Johnson-Sirleaf is seeking re-election in the ensuing presidential and general elections scheduled for October of this year.
Heritage

The Danger of Post Election Violence
Montserrado County District #2 Representative, Rufus Neufville, has cautiously warned the youths in the country not to allow what he called bad politicians” to use them in post elections violence in any form and shape should the results of the pending presidential and general do not go in their favor.

Liberia’s presidential and general elections are scheduled for October of this year. Representative Neufville further cautioned the youths to take cue from recent Ivorian post elections violence that almost brought that country to the brink of civil war.
Heritage

The October Line-UP
It’s about 4 months for the crucial race to the Executive Mansion to start, but the contesting teams are already in the dressing room. So far, the star players wooed and bought come from one team, representing the same values. What are the stakes?
As the politician unleash their arsenal for battle 4 months down the road, the line-up of Generals and foot soldiers has not yet fully emerged, but a general picture is unfolding.
The formations show, amongst others, the rehabilitation of personalities that made the National Patriotic Front of Liberia (NPFL), and therefore the National Patriotic Part ( NPP), happen.
New Democrat


More Opposition Disarray
More and more dramas continue to unfold barely 4 months ahead of the scheduled October presidential and legislative elections.
Opposition parties and candidates keep squabbling with the latest being a row within the T. Q. Harris camp over allegation of squandering of funds from the group’s USA donors.
New Democrat

Freeman Hails UP Campaign Team

Opposition politician and businessman Simon Freeman of the Movement for Progressive Change has differed with those that demanded the resignation of leading cabinet members from the Unity Party campaign’s team.
Speaking to this paper Wednesday, he hailed the composition of the team because, he added, its members are vulnerable and easy to defeat based on their respective records.
New Democrat


Liberty Party Responds to Up
The opposition Liberty Party has hit high against the ruling Unity Party (UP) a day after the ruling party classified opposition leaders in Liberia as “evil forces.”
According to a Press Release issued in Monrovia last night, The Liberty Party said, “As an appropriate response to the characterization of opposition leaders as “evil forces” for whom Liberians should not vote, Liberty Party informs Unity Party’s Secretary General, Wilmot Paye and his likes that Madam Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf is the queen of the evil empire whose reign of terror over the decades will end effectively this year and Liberians will for once experience a new era of peace and prosperity in their land.
The Inquirer

AEP

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