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Liberia Elections 2011 Daily News Review November 1, 2011

Monrovia November 1, 2011: The Daily Watch on the resignation of the NEC boss reports that President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has accepted the resignation of James Fromayan and has named Commissioner Elizabeth Nelson to Chair the Commission. According to a press release from the Executive Mansion, the President “has received and accepted a letter of resignation from the Chairman of the National Elections Commission, Mr. James Fromayan, indicating that he has resigned his position. Mr. Fromayan is resigning so as not to become a distraction in this crucial national process. This is what the paper states in the headline, Elizabeth Nelson, NEC New Boss.

In the story headlined, Liberty Party Bows to Ellen, the paper writes that Charles Walker Brumskine has endorsed the re-election bid of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf ahead of the pending November 8, 2011 presidential run-off election.
The LP prior to endorsing Madam Sirleaf re-election bid has constantly accused her administration of bad governance and lack of vision since its election in 2005.

The Heritage Newspaper adopts the headline UP has an Edge over CDC; Sways LP as Party Endorses Ellen in reporting that the opposition Liberty Party through its political leader, Cllr. Charles Walker Brumskine, says the ruling Unity Party “has an edge over the opposition Congress for Democratic Change in terms of moving our country forward”.
He made these comments on Monday in Monrovia when he addressed a well attended press conference at which time his party pledge its support to President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf in the presidential run-off slated for November 8, 2011.

In other related news, the Insight reports that CDC Changes Gear. Amidst a barrage of condemnations from Civil Society and Pressure Groups, the opposition Congress for Democratic Change seems much closed to abandoning preconditions, previously set for the ensuing November 8, 2011 presidential run-off.
CDC will not insist on conditions earlier slated, as these conditions could stall the ongoing electoral process, Cllr. Winston Tubman told a news conference in Monrovia yesterday.

The News adopts the headline, Run-off will go ahead, ECOWAS Commission Declares; But a White-Ballot Scenario Possible. The ECOWAS has issued a position statement which could be interpreted to mean that should the opposition Congress for Democratic Change maintain its stance and boycott the run-off election, incumbent president, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf could run on a white-ballot scenario and be adjudged winner and subsequently be endorsed by ECOWAS.
Such an interpretation is in view of that fact that in spite of the CDC threat to boycott the election, ECOWAS Commission has declared that the presidential run-off election will go ahead as planned on November 8.

According to National Observer, Winston Tubman, the opposition candidate for the run-of elections has welcomed the resignation of the election head after fraud allegations.
Cllr. Tubman, a former UN diplomat, said he has called off its planned boycott of the 8 November vote, noting that in negotiations when the bigger demand is met you will go for the smaller ones later. This is what the paper reports in the headline, Tubman Welcomes Fromayan Resignation; Says CDC Will Go For Run-off.
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