After a peaceful celebration of the Country’s 170th Independence on the 26th of July, the National Elections Commission (NEC) will officially declare the beginning of national campaign today ahead of the October 10 elections.
As it has always been the case, every political party vying for the nation’s highest seats is expected to meet the electorates with a convincing message why they are suitable to be elected on their behalf. All the political parties contesting this year’s election have the notion that they have equal chances of winning, which in contrary according to the Independence Orator, Dr. Harmon Brown, is not possible, as only five percent out of 100 have the probability of winning the elections. Yes, we have known what most of them intend to do should they be elected. But they are yet to tell the people of Liberia what is their intention if they didn’t win. Capitol Time believes that we should not only enjoy peace before or during elections, but the sustenance of our hard earned peace after elections. Many workshops have been conducted by Liberia and her donor partners in ensuring that key stakeholders such as the media, political parties, and civil society organizations do what it entails in making the process a success. It is now left with us to implement the messages and lessons learned from those trainings to ensure peaceful transition of power. Political parties should tailor their messages in line with tolerance and our cultural values. The interest of Liberia should be imminent than individual pursuits. This nation has come a long to believe that politics is a do or die thing. We should not just see elections as a process of casting votes or child’s play. By casting our votes in the ballot boxes, we are given a constitutional mandate to authorities to act on our behalf for the next six years. Making the right decision will ensure the implementations of development projects, the improvement of our lives which is a dream for every Liberian, and the equitable distribution of our national wealth. Making the wrong choice because of partisan belief or tribalism will create more sufferings and backwardness, and will see the elected leaders implementing bad policies for another long term. It is beyond any doubt that Liberia is blessed with natural minerals, but ironically, hardly the effects of these minerals are seen on the lives of the common man. The reason being that we hardly evaluate our candidates before electing them as leaders. We then end up paying the wrong price for the wrong decisions. Let us all judiciously use this campaign period to critically scrutinize our next leaders.