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-Simeon Freeman Wants Possible Runoff, Calls On All Political Parties Put Liberia First
The political leader of the Movement for Progressive Change (MPC) of Liberia’s businessman Simeon Freeman is asking Liberians and opposition political parties to abandon their quest for rerun elections and concentrate on the November 7 runoff between the Unity Party (UP) and Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC).

Simeon Freeman told reporters that the time has come for every Liberian to put aside their grief and push for a possible runoff election come November 7, 2017.
He noted Liberia should be the common denominator for all Liberians despite individual differences. He acknowledged the fact that there were irregularities in the just ended elections that affected the results of every candidate in the presidential race including him.
“Yes, there were irregularities, and we all can say we are affected by the results of the October 11 elections but that does not mean we should complain until our peace is disturbed, we need to put Liberia first and seek a possible runoff election to keep our peace going,” he noted.
Since the end of the October 11 elections, many candidates, mainly political parties have complained of irregularities. Opposition Liberty Party is the lead campaigner for a rerun of the electoral process on allegations of irregularities.
But MPC Freeman said a rerun election will in no way help the country. Freeman, a businessman said Liberia’s stability is bigger than any individual’s desire and aspirations.
Freeman said in a democracy it is extremely important to conduct free and fair elections to establish the legitimacy of political leaders. He noted that Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) need to be introduced as an effort to improve and strengthen the method of electoral process.
The MPC’s political leader says Liberia needs to introduce an electronic voting system. Mr. Freeman said a transition from ballot papers to electronic voting would ensure a free, fair and transparent voting process.
It is the MPC political leader’s first public statement since he participated in the just ended October 10 election. He was among 20 candidates that contested the Liberian presidency to succeed President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.
Freeman, a businessman turned politician, said the digital voting system would be much easier and cheaper than the printing of ballot papers for every election.
Mr. Freeman is meanwhile asking all political parties to join in putting pressure on the National Elections Commission to address the issues of fraud and irregularities associated with the first round of voting on October 10.
Recently, the office of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf termed as baseless and unfortunate Unity Party’s claims linking the President to vote irregularities in the October 10 elections.
Presidential Press Secretary, Jerolimick Piah in a statement said the ruling Party’s claims are an attempt to undermine Liberia’s young democracy.
President Sirleaf, immediate past standard bearer of the ruling Party is accused by the Party and two other parties, including the Liberty Party and All Liberia Party of interference in the electoral process in favor of the CDC.
Unity Party, Liberty Party, and All Liberian Party have also accused the President of holding secret meetings with officials of the National Elections Commission to influence the results of the 2017 elections.
Addressing a news conference in Monrovia, Presidential Press Secretary Piah said the allegations fall into the category of hate speech and inciting language.
Mr. Piah said the President has at no time interfered with the electoral process as claimed by officials of the Unity Party and others.

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