|Liberia Elections 2011 News Review - 4th July 2011
|Monday 4th July 2011
As Campaign Begins Tomorrow
Police Political Neutrality Questioned, But...
With a day to the political campaign ahead of the much publicized general and presidential elections this year, the Secretary General of the Opposition Congress for Democratic Change, Mr. Acarious Gray, has questioned political neutrality of the Liberian National Police to grant equal security access to political parties. The National Elections Commission has set July 5, 2011 as the official date for campaigning. The process, according to the NEC, ends officially on October 29, 2011. According to Mr. Gray, the police have taken a partisan posture and in some instances gotten embroiled in confrontation with opposition political parties. In a recent interview, Mr. Gray recounted an incident with the police in which the convoy of CDC supporters was halted by the police on the Capitol Bye-Pass, Monrovia. The situation, according to him, led to some clashes in which some partisans of the CDC got injured. Mr. Gray alleged that some elements within the police are loyal to the ruling establishment, and as such, they cannot be neutral in the entire political process. Mr. Gray is not alone in this accusation against the police force. Other members of the opposition, including the Movement for Progressive Change (MPC) has been complaining that the police are bias and had exhibited partiality against opposition political parties.
CDC Gears Up For 2011 Elections
…Makes Several Appointments
As the much publicized 2011 general elections draw nearer, the Congress for Democratic Change (CDC), which is regarded as the leading opposition party in the country, has made several appointments within its rank and file. The National Elections Commission (NEC) has set July 5, 2011 as the official date for campaigning. The process, according to the NEC, ends officially on October 29, 2011. According to a press release issued in Monrovia over the weekend, the CDC said it made the appointments during its regular National Executive Committee Meeting held recently.
NDC Convention officially opens today
The National Democratic Coalition (NDC) extra-ordinary National convention officially opens today, Monday, with the commencement of Convention business. The Convention, which takes place at the Unity Conference Center in Virginia, near the National Capital, Monrovia, is being held under the theme “Enough is Enough: Time for Change”.
Interview with Pres. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf
On the eve of the political campaign season for the 2011 presidential and legislative elections, Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has sounded a strong warning to opposition politicians looking to upset her at the ballot box that she remains the candidate to beat. In an exclusive interview with Front Page, the Liberian leader discusses her readiness for the upcoming presidential elections; the ongoing Libya controversy, the resignation of UP stalwart Bhopal Chambers and the recent controversy involving opposition politician Simeon Freeman.
Front Page Africa
Beyond Democracy (An Editorial)
A crowded Political Landscape
Multi part democracy in Africa could be suitably described as spoilt party democracy given the approach mechanisms politicians portray during the conduct of national elections in different African countries at different schedules and timetables. Liberia is no exception to the African’s concept of embracing multi party democracy, so too are challenges and misgivings insight. Prior to the Liberian conflict, the formation of several political parties to contest national elections was the focus of politicians like those in other African countries that practice multi party democracy, which purpose has often been advocated to dislodge one party system. The intent remains to halt ‘so say one, so say all’ to the election of public servants to state power. As a matter of fact, Liberian political scientists who braved the pebble when the quest was unanimously championed decades ago were the giants of change, who paved the way for the crowded political landscape today. Wrong to say whoever they were did undermine the system Liberians deserve. However, it is fair to note that, stand to be corrected, the intent was to allow fewer parties to participate in national elections to the extent that eligible voters would not be confused in determining the best leaders to serve them. But, here is Liberia again; having put up more than 20 political parties for the 2005 elections, gearing up with 25 or more registered parties to contest the general and presidential elections planned for October this year. It is true that there is no restriction as far as multi party system is concerned as to how many political parties should be organized for any given national elections, yet such opened gate to political ambitions is becoming exploited for wrong reasons in Liberia.
In Profile Daily
27 Political Parties for Presidency
…As 2011 Campaign begins in 24 Hrs
With barely 24 hours to the commencement of the much anticipated general and presidential elections, about 27 registered political parties are expected to begin canvassing for vote to capture the presidency but the National Elections Commission is yet to publish list of qualified candidates. According to confirmed reports from authorities of NEC, several political parties have not yet submitted the list of qualified individuals to represent their parties for various positions for the 2011 elections because party primaries have not yet been conducted.
The News Newspaper
Campaign Begins Tomorrow
Over 25 registered political parties, alliances and coalition in the country are expected to start campaign exercises for the 2011 Legislative and Presidential Elections tomorrow. However, the National Elections Commission recently announced that it would complete the demarcation of constituencies or districts on July 8, 2011 three days after the commencement of the campaigning period, a situation which has become worrisome to some political pundits.
This daily news review is compiled by African Elections Project (AEP) and the LMC media monitoring service, Monvrovia, Liberia.