Partial view of some of the validated aspirants

Progressive Provisional Report Reveals

At least 783 candidates have been confirmed by the National Elections Commission (NEC) to contest the 2017 presidential and legislative elections, which is scheduled for Tuesday, October 10.

In keeping with the electoral calendar, the NEC’s progressive provisional report has revealed the list of validated candidates for the 73 Electoral Districts throughout the 15 counties as well as the two top positions – President and Vice President – adding the seats to 75.

Accordingly, out of the 783 candidates – 637 (71.4%) are male candidates, and 146 (28.6%) are female candidates.

However, the provisional listing will remain progressive (subject to addition) up to the period of “Objections and Appeals on Nominations,” while the final list of candidates will be published on July 31.

Today – Monday, July, 17, accepted candidates will pick up their respective Acceptance Notices from the NEC from 9 am – 5 pm at the Samuel K. Doe Sports Complex in Paynesville.

Candidates/Parties’ Statistics

Amid the proliferation of political parties in the country, to at least 24 parties – according to the NEC’s progressive provincial listing, only five (5) parties and a coalition were accepted to contest the presidential elections, namely: the All Liberian People Party (ALP) – Benoni Urey and Alex Duopu; the Unity Party (UP) – Amb. Joseph N. Boakai and J. Emmanuel Nuquay; the Liberia Transformation Party (LTP) – Rev. Kennedy Sandy and Madam Victoria Tweh; the Movement for Democracy and Reconstruction (MDR) – Sen. Prince Y. Johnson and Madam Audrian R. Smith-Forbes; United People’s Party (UPP) – Macdonald Wento and Rev. John Bleah; and the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) – CDC, NPP & LPDP – Sen. George M. Weah and Sen. Jewel Howard-Taylor.

The following were also accepted based on party/coalition’s nominations:
All Liberian People Party (ALP): 57 Representatives – and Presidential and Vice Presidential Candidates; 51 males – 8 females.

Alternative National Congress: 66 Representatives – No Presidential and Vice President Candidates; 52 males – 14 females.

Coalition for Democratic Change: CDC, NPP & LPDP: 52 Representatives – and Presidential and Vice Presidential Candidates; 47 males – 7 females.

Change for Democratic Action (CDA): 6 Representatives – No Presidential and Vice President Candidates; 5 males – 1 female.

Coalition for Liberia’s People (CLP): 34 Representatives – No Presidential and Vice President Candidates; 27 males – 7 females.

Grassroot Democratic Party of Liberia: 23 Representatives – No Presidential and Vice President Candidates; 21 males – 2 females.

Independent: 77 Representatives – No Presidential and Vice President Candidates; 63 males – 14 females.

Liberia National Union (LINU) – 18 Representatives — No Presidential and Vice President Candidates; 17 males 1 female.

Liberia People’s Party (LPP) – 25 Representatives — No Presidential and Vice President Candidates; 20 males – 5 females.

Liberty Party (LP) – – 60 Representatives – No Presidential and Vice President Candidates; 55 males – 5 females.

Movement for Democracy and Reconstruction (MDR) – 30 Representatives – and Presidential and Vice Presidential Candidates; 27 males – 5 females.

Movement for Economic Empowerment (MOVEE) – 54 Representatives – No Presidential and Vice President Candidates; 46 males – 8 females.

Movement for Progressive Change (MPC) – 20 Representatives – No Presidential and Vice President Candidates; 19 males – 1 female.

People’s Unification Party (PUP) – 35 Representatives – No Presidential and Vice President Candidates; 31 males – 4 females.

True Whig Party (TWP) – 29 Representatives – No Presidential and Vice President Candidates; 23 males – 6 females.

United People’s Party (UPP) – 61 Representatives and Presidential and Vice Presidential Candidates; 46 males – 17 females.

Unity Party (UP) – 51 Representatives – and Presidential and Vice Presidential Candidates; 43 males – 10 females.

Victory for Change Party (VCP) – 10 Representatives – No Presidential and Vice President Candidates; 9 males – 1 female.

Vision for Liberia Transformation – 16 Representatives – No Presidential and Vice President Candidates; 16 males – no female.

In a related development, the NEC has announced that it considers the current legal process at the Supreme Court of Liberia involving the NEC and aspirants Abu Kamara, Harrison Karnwea and Jeremiah Sulunteh.

18 COMMENTS

  1. 783/75 equals 10.44 on average. To my layman understanding this means, one seat is being contested by 10 persons on average. Liberians this is not fair for our country. Next time we should please try to cut the numbers down. This average shows how greedy we are. I even want to believe some contestants won’t have up to 5% of the total votes in a certain electoral district judging from our population.

    • Fatu, this is clear reflection of using the state for income generating purposes. This is not about service as we know it.

  2. This is what happens when the only jobs in the country are government jobs. Everyone has to try their luck. Pity.

  3. So getting involved into politics is not about rendering one’s patriotic services to his or her people or nation, but actually getting involved into A VERY LUCRATIVE BUSINESS OR AT LEAST GETTING EMPLOYED!

    No wonder Abu Kamara, Jeremiah Sulonteh, Mills Jones, Akex Cummings, Harrison Karnwea, etc. etc. do not want to hear about the fact that PLACING UNDUE EMPHASIS ON A SINGLE WORD (“DESIRE”) of the COC LAW AND DISREGARDING THE OBJECTIVE AND PURPOSE OF THE LAW sends a very clear message to the judges of the Supreme Court, and the Liberian people, that such aspirants are unfit for legislative or executive leadership; thus deserve both been rejected by the NEC, and divine retribution.

    What message are the likes of Brumskine, Karnwea; Kamara, Sulonteh, etc. etc. passing on to their children, or young students,???? “(That “when it comes to making money from government jobs or milking the state, the right or legal interpretation of the law and even moral values can go to hell”???)

    Well, they must be insane to believe that the Supreme Court will give credence to their very selfish and shameful conduct of treating the law, abd the discipline of interpretation with contempt; while insulting the intelligence of the Liberian people.

    And by extention, also treating the Supreme Court with contempt by implying incognito that the judges of the Supreme Court are no different from traffic lights!!!

    Again, Karnwea, Brumskine, Sulonteh, etc., you need to go back to school and learn about TEXTUAL OR LITERAL APPROACH, AND THE OBJECTIVE AND PURPOSE, OF A GIVEN STATUTE vis a vis the discipline of INTERPRETING STATUTES! ESPECIALLY THE TELEOLOGICAL APOROACH WHICH DEALS WITH THE OBJECTIVE AND PURPPOSE OF A GIVEN LAW!

    • Clearly stated my friend, these people think we are stupid in this country, they will do all they can to twist the meaning of a particular law if it is not to their liken. The intent of the law is what matter, and it is very clear, if you are in an appointed government position you have to resign two years before running for elected office. Brumskine knew that, yet he went ahead and pick a VP candidate who was still holding an appointed government position. It doesn’t matter whether Karnwea had intentions of running or not, the law is the law, and there are no excuses. This is a country of laws and not of men.

  4. No everyone is suddenly wearing African clothes.

    The current political system and structure borrowed from European is not suitable for small and poor countries like Liberia. I wonder when will we sit and craft our own system if government that will foster progress, peace, national pride and development?
    Why do we need all those representatives and senators? What good have they been to the country?

    • Boima, every election creates new problems in every country. It would be the job of the newly elected leaders reconcile the country.

  5. When any group of people ,served by their selfish indignation and clandestine motives, craft laws that are unjust and immoral, they sometimes create conditions of destruction of society .Any law that seeks to discriminate against one group of citizens is unjust and immoral. LIBERIANS, HERE WE GO AGAIN, BE CAREFUL. ‘THE FLOWER THAT SMILES TODAY, TOMORROW DIES’. This is a bad law, it needs to be repeal.

  6. David K and Elijah F. Taylor:

    This IS NOT a matter about “because governments jobs being the only available jobs.”

    If because of government jobs people would carry out ritualistic killings of which their children, wives, and other close relatives, are the victims or the sacrifice.

    Or even kill their workmates just for job; of course, politicians believing the Supreme Court bends to the whims and caprices of the President, shall have no respect for the rule of law.

    The Abu Kamara case is a convincing evidence to this; since in fact Kamara while still a minister chose to trample on the law and test the integrity of the Supreme Court.

    In fact, all of the other complainants or NEC REJECTEES voluntarily walked away from their government jobs and private jobs. So this is a matter of people taking advantage of a very corrupt incumbent party and its administration. Boakai’s choice for running mate IS THE PROOF!!!

    • Yes, this is a matter of people taking advantage of a very corrupt system, the same corrupt system that has led to a non-existent private sector leaving government jobs to be the only viable means of employment.

  7. There are far too many political parties; in a country the size of Liberia. Let there be counties level primaries. On election day, the two top candidates can contest for whatever position. That makes less work for the election commission. I guess everyone wants to be where the money is. How in the World can Liberia afford to pay such extravagantly high salaries to Government Officials; when there is 80% UNEMPLOYMENT? What a shame! Liberians need a good explanation. Government service should be PATRIOTIC; not for greed and the accumulations of WEALTH.

  8. THESE SO-CALLED POLITICIANS THINK WE ARE JUST CRAZY IN LIBERIA. THE INDIGENOUS CROOKS ARE GEARING UP AGAIN FOR THEIR FABULOUS SALARIES AND INCENTIVES. DO THEY THINK MAMA LIBERIA IS AN ELEPHANT MEAT? LOOK AT THE AGE OF MAMA LIBERIA AS COMPARE TO THE LEVEL OF DEVELOPMENT IN THE COUNTRY, WE ARE ZERO. LOOK, I WRITE THE ABOVE IN COMPLETE FRUSTRATION. LIBERIANS NEED TO RISE UP TO END THIS PARTY, GREEDY SO-CALLED POLITICIANS.THERE IS NO PATRIOTISM IN THEM.

  9. David, let me respectfully disagree with you. There are other private jobs out there for very prepared people. I think what is happening in our country is about greed and nicky quest to you eat and I eat scenario. Just take a keen look at the credentials of some of the people contesting for the representative position. A civilized society some of them will not be accepted for a sweeping job. So because of this they in mass run to elected post. They survive on empty talks and noise.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here