While no one is oblivious of the fact we are all part of government, it will only be a minute percentage of elected people that will be given the constitutional mandate to run the affairs of the country for a specific period of time.
The twenty Presidential candidates vying to occupy the highest seat of power in the land after October elections believe that they all have what it takes to represent the interest of every Liberian.
So far, the campaign seems to be going smoothly as there is hardly any news of confrontations among aspirants. This shows the high level of political tolerance which is one of the tenets of democracy.
Campaigning is not all about swallowing politicians approach method. In as much as they are confident in themselves as being the most suitable among the four million Liberians, we too should be confident that whoever grabs the ticket to the Executive Mansion or the House of Parliament must do so based on merit.
Politicians have what it takes to convince the electorates by being pretentious. In as much as they are desperate to be elected, we too should be desperate in ensuring that we do not cast our votes willy-nilly, but in the best interest of all.
Yes! A man can only be known when tested. But one can also tell a ripe corn from its looks.
This medium believes that Liberia has grown above the level of bread and butter issues which were a thing of the past. It is now time for every Liberian to decide how this country should be a better place where every man, woman or child will have a sense of belonging.
It is time for the CVs of our able candidates to be thoroughly evaluated and vetted so as to weed the chaffs from the grain. This should be a face-to-face process where we are not only opportune to meet with the future leaders, but are given the requisite platforms to engage them on burning issues to see how they can be part of the solution and not the problem.
Just as John F. Kennedy, 35th President of the United States of America, once requested of his countrymen, “Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country”, this is the time for every well-meaning Liberian to think above individual interest and reflect on how Liberia should be for us and generations yet unborn.
Yes!! We are on the path to transformation and development. This is where we have a role as patriotic citizens to vote for our next administrators. While it may true that a month of massive campaign is not well enough for our political actors to win the minds of vulnerable Liberians, it is however a golden opportunity for them to showcase to the electorates how well they can steer the affairs of the Executive Mansion for the next six years.
Making the right decision will see a continuation and transformation of our beloved country. But voting based on party sentiments and affiliations will do us no good. Your one vote will make Liberia a paradise. The same vote has the tendency to turn the country into Hell. But whatever we decide come October, let it re-echo in our minds that the interest of Liberia is bigger than party politics.
May common sense prevail!