APNU/AFC challenged to defend their manifesto promises

first_imgDear Editor,Many promises in the APNU and AFC political manifestos were designed to attract votes from a wide cross-section of the population but essentially to solidify and secure their hard-core support base. Many of the promises made are not honoured faithfully by the political party since elected to govern.Deviation from some of these promises is replaced by actions of partisan and political “selfish, self- interest”.The leaders of the APNU/AFC Government, and party leaders, are called upon and challenged to justify and defend their policies and decisions to this nation during their election campaigning. The following two issues are to be addressed by APNU/AFC politicians:Substantial remuneration increases to itself:* They must justify their decision that within weeks of its assumption of government, it awarded itself (Executive and National Assembly) some 50% salary increases, substantial remuneration, and other benefits to the Executive – not widely known. This action is a glaring conflict of interest, ignoring other impartial means of determining the benefits through the recommendations of an independent body for parliamentary approval.Constitutional reform:* They must explain to this nation why they ignore the calls and promise for a more inclusive and broad-based government through major constitutional changes and amendments for shared governance and power-sharing, given the context of deep-rooted ethnic and political party nexus, so as to build long-term national governance consensus in the national interest.With thanks,Joshua Singhlast_img read more

NEC Receives Over 96K Ballots for Grand Cape Mount County Senatorial By-election

first_imgNEC Chairman Jerome G. Korkoya The National Elections Commission (NEC) on Tuesday, September 17, 2019 received the ballot papers for the conduct of the Grand Cape Mount County By-election, which is scheduled for Saturday, October 3, 2019, a release from the Commission has said.According to the release, the 96,250) ballots which, arrived from the Republic of Ghana, contains tactile ballots for the visually impaired registered voters.The consignment also includes training ballots, folders, and record of the counts.The ballots were received and taken to a “secured” location under the guidance of officers of the Liberia National Police (LNP).The Grand Cape Mount Senatorial By-election became necessary as a result of the death of Senator Edward Dagoseh for which, NEC recently qualified seven candidates for the race to replace the fallen senator.In a related development, on Saturday, September 14, 2019, the Commission launched a “vigorous” civic and voter’s education (CVE) in the county ahead of the election on October 5.The CVE launched simultaneously took place around the Lofa Bridge community, Sinje, and the county’s capital Robertsport.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more