Although an injunction is being placed on the pending Special Senatorial Election, in which 15 Senators are canvassing for votes, many electorates have resolved not to vote in this election.
Our reporter recently solicited views on his way to Nimba County from Monrovia.
Most of the constituents say they feel no impact of present senators, some of whom are again in the race. Some described them as “deceivers,” who have done nothing for their people so they don’t see the reason why they (voters) should go and vote for another group or the same people.
During a brief stop in Gbarnga, Bong County while on the National Transit Authority (NTA) bus, our reporter heard onlookers telling supporters of incumbent Bong County Senator Jewel Howard Taylor that they (onlookers) have no reason to vote because when she and others are elected, they will only be concerned about their families and not those who voted them into power. According to our reporter, the comments were made when Sen. Taylor’s campaign team displayed her posters.
“Why should I fool myself to vote? When these people get in power they will not think about us. We will still be on these old cars along the bad roads having accidents,” two women in separate interviews said.
“Those showing placards have received their share of the money and are working for it. Whether they give me money or not, I will keep my voting card for the record sake, but I have no time to stand in the sun for someone’s enjoyment,” another woman said.
Some supporters of candidates on the bus amid the discouraging views tried to sell their candidates, but did not succeed as negative views of candidates were quite sharp in refusing to vote for them in the coming election.
In Ganta, Nimba County, supporters were seen on street corners and other parts of the city distributing flyers showing their candidates.
When a flyer bearing the image of one of the six Nimba senatorial candidates was given to a lady selling food items, she remarked, “This man is my own uncle. The only time they know people is when they need your vote, but will never see you to give you help. Give it, but whether I will vote or not is my choice.”
When the Supreme Court’s injunction placed on the election is lifted, only two of the candidates in the race for now can have high optimism of victory as has been observed in their campaign launching: Amb. George M. Weah, Congress for Democratic Change (CDC), contesting in Montserrado County and incumbent Nimba Senator Prince Y. Johnson.
George Weah last Friday, November 28 brought Monrovia to a standstill for the most part of the day. Earlier in the day, it was difficult for traffic to move along the Somalia Drive, the route he and his supporters took as his party launched its campaign. At the same time along the Tubman Boulevard CDC partisans from central Monrovia converged even against health warning that people should avoid close contact to prevent the spread of Ebola.
November 28 was set for the six candidates of Nimba to assemble at the Ganta United Methodist Gymnasium for a public debate, but only four of them including Cllr. Yamein Quiqui Gbeisay, former Education Minister Joseph Korto, former Superintendent Edith Gongloe-Weh and Joseph Weato appeared.
Following the debate, Senator Prince Johnson, who didn’t take part in the debate, launched his campaign. He attracted a huge crowd.
Senator Johnson’s constituents from all over Nimba converged in Ganta chanting, “Papay you will go, election is over as opposition can see.”
Constituents for Senator Johnson are built in every part of Nimba, but with the emerging tribal politics recently begun by Senator Thomas Grupee, it is likely that most members of the Mano tribe might withdraw their support after the election.