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CLARION CALLS FOR the exercise of tolerance, maturity, and absolute decorousness during these epochal elections from some Liberians including President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf as well as Liberia’s partners such as the UN Security Council might not be reaching the ears and hearts of some Liberians, mainly the youthful class that is noted, or is being used for igniting violence and confusion. The background to this assertion is the thug-like attitude being exhibited by some supporters of political parties since the start of campaign for the polls on October 10.

THESE DEVELOPMENTS, AS troubling they seem and threatening they are to the peace of the nation, don’t need further interpretation to be construed as unnecessary undertakings that deserve unreserved denunciation. On the first day of campaign, partisans of the All Liberian Party (ALP) displayed an ill-disposed and unkind posture towards law enforcement officers who had tried to provide some sort of regulations during their parade in the Congo Town belt. The altercation became very disturbing in such a way that reminded Liberians of the intentions of some political actors and their followers, what they are up to during this electioneering period.

APART FROM THIS obnoxiously exasperating undertaking is the ripping of campaign photos and posters of presidential candidates by partisans of opposition parties that should claim the attention of everybody, mainly the National Elections Commission. We have no knowledge if there is any law that speaks against such action or there is a penalty thereto, it, however, becomes an ingredient of the overall efforts toward keeping Liberia peaceful that we seize this moment to raise the red-flag. The message is not getting anywhere because those involved in such habit think that upholding the law has become a flippant issue in today’s Liberia.

THEN PRESIDENT CHARLES Taylor, now jailed for 50 years in a foreign capital, would say “no one mother can born crazy child.” In essence, he meant that every creature has in them something which if displayed could become a national catastrophe. In that case, his statement was a warning to trouble-makers not to underestimate the potency of others to counteract their actions in a way that causes chaos. The millions of Liberians who are not in the streets with parties are capable to suppress them ugly actions, but for the sake of peace, it is unnecessary to do so. This is what happened in the case of the ALP brigand deportment.

FOR US, THESE are signs that demonstrate how far the country is from taking seriously calls for a violent-free and peaceful elections and for political leaders (standard-bearers in this sense) to articulately accentuate the need for peace in their campaign messages to the voters. Surmising to say that those who may not be seeing their way clear, far from victory in October, could be beginning to set wood for possible combustion in time to come.

INTIMIDATIONS, PERSONAL ATTACKS and other unwholesome practices during these elections will not be the reason any of the twenty candidates for president will be voted into office; either is it the disturbances of partisans of any particular party that draw the voters to them. If making threats constituted or counted in the outcomes of elections, perhaps we would have had a different party in power than what we have now.

SO, THIS SHOULD serve as the pedestal upon which parties should conduct themselves during the campaign period, even if they are too at odd with calls for civility and tolerance. Though it seems very much impracticable for any Liberian, on the back of dissatisfaction and political gloominess, to run into the bush as witnessed with Charles Taylor, Prince Johnson and the rest who rebelled constituted authority in the name of emancipating the people from the clutches of dictatorship. Equally so, it is considered a national duty to remind ourselves of the obligations bequeathed unto us to keep Liberia completely innocuous so that it does not labor in vein perpetually. Liberians can do better for their country, following the examples of Ghana and other countries that have had elections in the past few months. Yes, in spite the clarion calls, it seems Liberians are not listening.


MUCH REMAINS AT stake, without argument, in the realization of genuine peace and reconciliation in spite of the much-hallowed twelve years of uninterrupted peace being enjoyed following the end of one of world’s ruthless and atypical civil wars.


BEFORE THE EYES of the best economic minds Liberia boasts of, mainly one of the venerated economically read personalities in person of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf who sits at the helm of the presidency, Liberia is steadily treading the path toward inflation.


LIBERIA IS JUST on the periphery of two significantly serious historical events with the huge potential to its shake ingrained foundation: an election dubbed extremely crucial and the current administration - the siting president – is just few months away from bidding farewell to the sweetness and the unforgettable trappings of political power for which nations are at war.


LIBERIA IS PREPARING to host a glitzy Summit of Heads of State of the Authority of ECOWAS, the first time this tiny Country will be hosting such internationally acclaimed assemblage in some many years, in fact since the 1979 Conference of then Organization of African Unity (OAU).


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