Poor Turnout at DJP Political Rally in Nimba

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The handful of partisans at the DJP rally

“Most of you here have more than four to five T-shirts, yet you continue to look for some more,” Vice Standard bearer tells attendees. 

Despite outlining a comprehensive platform for the country if he is elected President next week, the political rally of the opposition Democratic Justice Party (DJP) of Dr. Issac Wiles was poorly attended in Ganta, Nimba County.

Prior to the rally, its conveners did much publicity through local radio jingles to attract the attention of Nimbaians, but when the time arrived, not many people turned out as the party’s leadership had expected.

Some of their supporters expressed disappointment, with most partisans venting their frustration at the DJP leadership.

As the rally began, little did the handful of people who turned out know that there were no party T-shirts and nothing much to show that the party is well organized to transform the country’s political and economic direction if trusted with state power.

“We are very disappointed in the leadership of this party for their failure to fully support us as partisans in this vote rich county,” said DJP county chair Nathan Suah.

“We were told to mobilize people to parade through the principal streets of Ganta, but there were no T-shirts to identify us as DJP partisans,” he lamented.

Suah also complained of a lack of logistics to effectively work as an opposition political party that is prepared to take state power.

The situation degenerated further to the extent that  far less than 100 persons remained, in spite of a week-long local radio promotion.

To add insult to the aggrieved partisans’ woes, Dr. Wiles was nowhere to be seen at the rally, although his running mate, Richmond D. K. Yarkpah, filled in for him, which led many partisans to angrily abandon the program.

Yarkpah said the DJP is a God-fearing party hence the leadership is relying on God’s full protection to win the upcoming elections.

“Most of you here have more than four to five T-shirts, yet you continue to look for some more. We do not have the kind of money or things you want, but we can provide you the best leadership ever in the history of this country if we are elected,” he told the handful of supporters who stayed long enough to listen to him.

Mr. Yarkpah, in his address, said a DJP government will provide free education for all Liberians from kindergarten to university for a period of five years, and provide incentives to university students on a monthly basis for their upkeep.

Yarkpah further promised to train specialized doctors to be assigned to particular cases with which patients are diagnosed.

Mr. Yarkpah, a son of Nimba, is one of the five vice standard bearers from Nimba County chosen by presidential candidates representing the various political parties, but the poor turnout at his first political appearance was described as a sign of political failure.

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  1. he proliferation of political parties in this country is totally unnecessary and it undermines the building of strong political institution in this country. We the people of this country need to review our electoral law and make the needed changes that will lead to the building of strong and stable political parties in Liberia. The requirements for the formation of a political party in Liberia are so cheap including the cost for candidate’s registrations. In addition, members required for opening of political party names submitted to the commission are not verifiable and many political parties lacks visible local establishment and actors. This is totally shameful and if nothing is done to correct this problem, we will continue to experience new political parties registration every election year and the numbers will keep rising

  2. Yes brother Alexander you ma be right but, my view is the laws are good but there are lapses in the implementation. All parties who are to provide documents to would be candidate(s) should be very sincere in the process. For example:A man wanting to be Representative and renting in a single room going to the LRA for tax Clarence, what property(ies) is he paying tax on, did the LRA conducted a background check? No, they just issued him the TC. Therefore, so as to narrow down some of these problem, the system must be very sincere, decentralized and transparent. I’m talking about the candidates nomination process.

  3. “Despite outlining a comprehensive platform for the country if he is elected President next week, the political rally of the opposition Democratic Justice Party (DJP) of Dr. Issac Wiles was poorly attended in Ganta, Nimba County”.

    Frankly, if PUL, especially, and NDC, debates’ organizers, had initiated, prioritized and fanned the idea of each political party presenting a “comprehensive elections’ platform, electorates would’ve caught on to the significance. After all, a democratic election, example, our presidential race, is public opinion, as expressed by its vote; and who molds public opinion better than the Fourth Estate? Although the implementability of a platform ought to have been the basis for voters to take a candidate seriously, dismayingly, we’ve heard naysayers argue that platforms don’t stop politicians from reneging on promises. The truth is that they are significant for many reasons, including the following:

    First, elections’ platforms are a blueprint to where whichever government is taking the nation, and what it hopes to get done. Second, they serve as documentary evidence. Third, very handy in fact – checking which plank of the platform to tick off as implemented or not. Third, they can be used to publicly name, shame, and blame any organ of government not effectively carrying out its tasks. And, fourth, there is a physical document with which to hold the new political leadership accountable. No wonder, then, most presidential candidates would rather talk than write down their agendas in a document form one can refer to in the future.

    The fact of the matter is, for Liberian voters who’ve always been duped, deceived and betrayed by some politicians, nothing comes closer to having a legal contract than elections’ platform. Because by now our people know very well whom they’ve being electing into office, politicians who had cynically extended their terms of office to six and nine years, so they wouldn’t face voters at shorter periods of four and five years as practiced by many African countries; politicians who smugly increased compensation packages for themselves that a third of annual budget of some $USD200 million goes towards payroll.

    Which brings me to the complaints of “proliferation of political parties”. Granted that twenty – two parties in a population of less than five million is mind – boggling. Notwithstanding, they are the outcomes of two features about our present political culture. Firstly, politician is the fastest growing profession; it has the advantage of being a lucrative job and easy to enter. And, secondly, our electorates distrust most of those in power for the very aforementioned reasons, which makes new political parties feel welcomed. In other words, rather than legislating the number of political parties required during each elections’ cycle, the powers that be should try virtuous governance to limit their skyrocketing.

    Lastly, of course, the national security consequences of a same old, same old dysfunctional rule can’t be repeated loudly enough. We are all familiar with cascading crises, police – public adversarial relationships, mass media versus regime spats, incessant accusations of security sector overreactions, political discontents, street protests, election results’ disputes, sense of anxiety equally experienced by both the powerful and powerless, and interventions by foreign troops. Needless to say they are all indicators of instability Liberia can’t afford to revisit now or in the next two years. That’s why any prospective administration should have a written comprehensive platform to hit the road running in 2018. (By the way, thanks Dr. Isaac Wiles).

    Lest we forget, folks, these elections are “defining” not only for the – probable – peaceful transfer of democratic power, but also because our vast majority Country and Congua downtrodden have had enough of “You chop, I chop” politicians, hence the nation is sitting on a time bomb marked: “Conduct elections with integrity, and deliver on those verbal promises if elected”!

  4. Thanks to Wiles for what, Sylvester Moses? For his failure in his attempt to join the ranks of those who “dupe, deceive and betray”, or for him being one of those politicians actually with the intent of selling votes? Another thing, you talk too much. Policemen do not talk too much. Rather they try to see everything and hear everything. At times they even try not to see nor hear certain things.

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