Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Brumskine, Others in Trouble

E.J. Nathaniel Daygbor & Winston Parley

Source: The New Dawn Liberia

Liberty Party’s Charles Brumskine and two others are said to be in trouble for violating the electoral laws, as stiff punishment awaits them.

The other culprits are Rev. Kennedy Sandy, an independent presidential aspirant and a representative aspirant of the ruling Unity Party.

The trio has been accused of engaging in consistent pre-election campaigns by the electoral body.

National Elections Commission or NEC Chair James Fromayan told reporters in Monrovia Tuesday that though there is no definite punishment on the books for pre-election campaign violators but one best option the electoral body could consider is denying such violators applications.

“The National Elections Commissions may not accept the applications of aspirants who may want to contest this election, but are violating electoral laws,” NEC boss said.

Giving specific instances where these aspirants have violated the electoral laws, Mr. Fromayan said Brumskine’s remarks at occasions have been characterized by campaign messages.

He made specific reference to the party’s recent convention held in Gbarnga, Bong County over the weekend at which time he (Brumskine) unveiled Bong County Sen. Franklin Siakor as his running mate.

He said Brumskine’s speech at that rally was full of pure campaign messages “convincing people why they should elect him and the Liberty Party and also trying to give reasons why the incumbent should be unseated.

This is not the time for these messages,” Fromayan said, adding “the commission will create time and open the avenue where every candidate who will be certificated by NEC will share their platform with the citizenry of the country.”

“These events are pre-campaigning under the electoral law and is punishable with maximum penalty of ban from the electoral process for these forthcoming elections,” he emphasized.

Commenting on Rev. Kennedy Sandy’s alleged pre- campaign spree, Mr. Fromayan indicated that all Sandy trips throughout the country are nothing but “campaign message”.

He told reporters that Rev. Sandy is not yet known by the Commission as candidate in the ensuring elections and that his continuous violation of electoral laws will leave NEC with no alternative but to deny him participation in the process.

“We don’t want to reach that far, looking at where we are from” after 15 years of undemocratic rule,” he said. But at the same time, he threatened that NEC will not compromise the laws of the land in the name of democracy and they are prepared to implement the laws when needed.

Mr. Fromayan added that the third culprit has been engaged in transporting electoral materials from one district to another.

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Drawing the line in Liberia

Crimes sponsored, committed, or masterminded by handful of individuals cannot be blamed upon an entire nationality. In this case, Liberians! The need for post-war justice is a step toward lasting peace, stability and prosperity for Liberia. Liberia needs a war crimes tribunal or some credible legal forum that is capable of dealing with atrocities perpetrated against defenseless men, women and children during the country's brutal war. Without justice, peace shall remain elusive and investment in Liberia will not produce the intended results. - Bernard Gbayee Goah

Men with unhealthy characters should not champion any noble cause

They pretend to advocate the cause of the people when their deeds in the dark mirror nothing else but EVIL!!
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If Liberia must move forward ...

If Liberia must move forward in order to claim its place as a civilized nation amongst world community of nations, come 2017 elections, Liberians must critically review the events of the past with honesty and objectivity. They must make a new commitment to seek lasting solutions. The track records of those who are presenting themselves as candidates for the position of "President of the Republic of Liberia" must be well examined. Liberians must be fair to themselves because results from the 2011 elections will determine the future of Liberia’s unborn generations to come - Bernard Gbayee Goah

Liberia's greatest problem!

While it is true that an individual may be held responsible for corruption and mismanagement of funds in government, the lack of proper system to work with may as well impede the process of ethical, managerial, and financial accountability - Bernard Gbayee Goah

What do I think should be done?

The situation in Liberia is Compound Complex and cannot be fixed unless the entire system of government is reinvented.
Liberia needs a workable but uncompromising system that will make the country an asylum free from abuse, and other forms of corruption.
Any attempt to institute the system mentioned above in the absence of rule of law is meaningless, and more detrimental to Liberia as a whole - Bernard Gbayee Goah

Liberia's Natural Resources
Besides land water and few other resources, most of Liberia’s dependable natural resources are not infinite, they are finite and therefore can be depleted.
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Liberia needs a proper system
If Liberians refuse to erect a proper system in place that promotes the minimization of corruption and mismanagement of public funds by government institutions, and individuals, there will come a time when the value of the entire country will be seen as a large valueless land suited on the west coast of Africa with some polluted bodies of waters and nothing else. To have no system in place in any country is to have no respect for rule of law. To have no respect for rule of law is to believe in lawlessness. And where there is lawlessness, there is always corruption - Bernard Gbayee Goah

Solving problems in the absence of war talks

As political instability continues to increase in Africa, it has become abundantly clear that military intervention as a primary remedy to peace is not a durable solution. Such intervention only increases insecurity and massive economic hardship. An existing example which could be a valuable lesson for Liberia is Great Britain, and the US war on terror for the purpose of global security. The use of arms whether in peace keeping, occupation, or invasion as a primary means of solving problem has yield only little results. Military intervention by any country as the only solution to problem solving will result into massive military spending, economic hardship, more fear, and animosity as well as increase insecurity. The alternative is learning how to solve problems in the absence of war talks. The objective of such alternative must be to provide real sustainable human security which cannot be achieved through military arm intervention, or aggression. In order to achieve results that will make the peaceful coexistence of all mankind possible, there must be a common ground for the stories of all sides to be heard. I believe there are always three sides to every story: Their side of the story, Our side of the story, and The truthBernard Gbayee Goah


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