Senator-Elect Vows to Push for Change in Election Act

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River Gee County Senator-elect, Jonathan 'Boye Charles' Sogbie

River Gee County Senator-elect, Jonathan Boye Charles Sogbie, has frowned on the Act that created the National Election Commission and gave it power for the organization and administration of elections. 

“When you feel disenfranchised or disenchanted, you will have to sue NEC to NEC, and what do you expect the result to be? We will seek to change that, otherwise, serious problems like what is happening now in the Ivory Coast and Guinea will happen here.”

He, therefore, suggested that a momentary court be set up purposely for only electioneering period.

On another election-related issue, Senator-elect Sogbie has lamented that the country will be going to four by-elections, which may cause the government almost US$4 million because some sitting Representatives want more years in the Legislature without completing the term the people elected them for; a situation he says the country does not have money for.

Mr. Sogbie, who contested on the ticket of Collaborating Political Parties, has described as “Wasteful spending” for the government, the desire of lawmakers from the Lower House to abandon their unfinished terms to vie for positions through the special senatorial elections.

“Why do we have by-election when someone is being replaced or someone is seeking greater advantages of few years to be added to their years when, as a matter of fact, the Constitution gives a mandate of six years as a Representative; if you choose not to accept those six years and you want to go for nine, then you will have to resign your position because the law must benefit the greater good of the people, not that of an individual,” Sogbie argues.

“So if you have your personal issue with six or nine years, resign your position and when we are having your election that will give you nine years, we will simultaneously be holding the other election to avoid a by-election.

According to Sogbie, to avoid by-election in the Legislature of the United States in the wake of a vacancy, a council of state appoints an individual to fill that position until a general election is held, to apparently avoid waste of money.

On his relation with President George Weah his national teammate, the River Gee County Senator-elect said though his former national football teammate remains his good friend, he does not believe in his vision, ideology and leadership.

The Senator-elect told the media that he has never supported President Weah politically, stressing that the President has never had a problem with him with respect to their interactions. “Yes, we disagree to agree. I have a different view which does not make me a backstabber as allegedly been gossipped. I don’t believe in his vision; I don’t believe in his ideology and his leadership,” Mr. Sogbie said Monday in Monrovia on local radio.

Sogbie recalled that when his former soccer teammate won the Presidency, he called and congratulated him, “Even though he has not responded to that message I sent him; I recognize him as President of this country.”

He continued: “What I have come to do is to create those barricades, those hurdles that will look directly at those things that are good and beneficial to the Liberian people, and we will help the government push that line. But trust me, if something is bad and people are being induced to capitulate, I will come to the court of public opinion to let the people know that those in the majority did what they did; I will also try to ensure that we institute a role system where each person will be accountable on how he or she votes on issues so that we will let our people know.”

He promised to join his colleagues to do the right things and make sure to support the government’s agenda where it is in the interest of the Liberian people, “But anything to the contrary notwithstanding…”

Sogbie, however, cautioned his friends and the citizens not to expect too much too soon: “We will come to you who have the requisite expertise to tap into your reserve, because no one person has monopoly over knowledge.”

The former Invincible Eleven striker promised to work with his colleagues to try to correct what he termed as the odds that are becoming the norms within the Legislature, an apparent reference to allegations of lawmakers receiving  “brown envelopes” as inducement before passing certain legislations, saying it shows no pride in the dignity of labor.  “So we will try to correct the wrongs within our power and territorial limits in the house of elders (Senate).”

At his county representation, Sogbie promised to prioritize the agriculture sector through the future introduction of mechanized farming, which he admitted is very difficult due to the very bad road connectivity, but not insurmountable.

“To my colleagues who just got elected or reelected, I want to thank you for your courage and tenacity that you have shown; and let us work together for the good of our common patrimony, Liberia.”

As a kid coming up, the River Gee County Senator-elect narrated that he always had the mindset of being first among equals, which he said does not necessarily mean at the top, but being at the decision-making table. “I continuously did that even on the national team, the Lone Star. I had to make certain decisions that affected the group that went against other people, and at the end of the day people saw that I was right; and whenever I decide to do something and I am convinced of my conviction I will go for it. These are all tendencies of a good leader.”

Mr. Sogbie’s political sojourn started in 2009, when he participated in the election following the death of Senator Isaac N. Johnson, followed by two others, the most highly contested being the 2014 special Senatorial election won by current Senator Conmany B. Wesseh.

On the question of why he continued to go for seat at the Legislature despite successive failures, Mr. Sogbie intimated that no one in life is a failure, except he is not trying to succeed.

“Whenever you fall and get the courage to rise up, it serves as a lesson to make two mistakes at two separate times; only successful people got stories, and today this victory is indicative of that concept that if Boye Charles can do it, another person can do it.”

Senator Sogbie, meanwhile, has expressed frustration over the state of his former local club, Invincible Eleven which he personally supported both financially and  for four years materially.

“My heart bleeds for our darling club, Invincible Eleven, that we don’t have the possibility that we have before; by the grace of God we will ascend to prominence again, and we will do that, which is necessary to see the resurrection of our darling club to nobler heights, I promise you that.”He then called for a momentary court purposely for only the electioneering period. He then called for a momentary court purposely for only electioneering period.

15 COMMENTS

  1. My people, please listen carefully to the words that are coming out of the mouth of one of Liberia’s former footballers.

    Boyle Charles is telling the world and the people of Liberia that it is NOT ALL of our football players who are Dull like that other one who is passing around town — making silly music, preaching foolishness, philandering, promoting corruption in government, and maintaining the employment of a Nigerian crook at LACC — while the nation perishes right before his eyes!

    Have you ever wondered Why is it that Oppong cannot get along with his Smart and Educated friends who played football along with him, both on the Lone Star and overseas?

    *** Keep on Wondering ***

    If you scramble the spelling of the man’s name and place it on a SCRABBLE tile, the man CANNOT rearrange his own name…!!!

  2. Mr. Fool whatevershot, ETC. ETC

    Boy Charles knows in his heart that he owes it to his former team mate George Opong Manneh Weah that it is the high self esteem and political ambition, courage and discipline of George Weah that has torn away from his Boy Charles psyche and mentality and those of other footballers the insulting, inferior, unconstitutional, and wicked and prejudiced mindset of the likes of Bokai that ”footballers are not fit to become President!

    This is why you see neither the intuition, reasoning, intellect, sensibilities, will, nor conscience of Boy Charles can allow him to make any rude or apolitical rant against George Weah as your rude and ignoramus empty skull!

    IT IS AND IT WAS President George Manneh Weah who told the Liberian people and the world AND DEMONSTRATED that not only that not all footballers may be uneducated for governmental or national leadership, but that footballers have the same right as any other Liberian to aspire and win any seat in government including the presidency, as opposed to the views of this same Jonathan Sogbie who shared the view of Joseph Boakai and his fellow corrupt thieves that ”footballers are not fit to become President!”

    Boy Charles, like many other Liberian footballers shared that inferior and VERY LOW SELF ESTEEM view that the presidency is or was a divine and constitutional rights for only thieves like Congo people descendants, troublemakers like Tipoteh, Baccus Matthews,, and the rest of their followers, and thieves and warlords as Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Joseph Boakai, Charles Taylor, and thieves like Benoni Urey etc.etc.!

    ALL LIBERIAN FOOTBALLERS LIVING AND GONE SHALL ALWAYS GIVE THE CREDICT TO President George Forky Klon Jlaleh Gbah Ku GbehTarpeh Manneh Weah FOR FIGHTING FOR THEIR CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS AND PROVING THE LIKES OF CORRUPT BOAKAI WRONG THAT FOOTBALLERS ARE NOT FIT TO BE PRESIDENT! THROUGH MANNEH WEAH, TODAY WE HEAR THE LIKES OF SALINSA, AND BOY CHARLES ON THE NATIONAL POLITICAL STAGE! IT IS THROUGH THE HIGH SELF SELF ESTEEM, INTELLIGENCE AND DISCIPLNE OF President George Forky Klon Jlaleh Gbah Ku GbehTarpeh Manneh Weah!

    • I see Sogbe as the ‘Next Dillon’, that if he sticks to the values I’m hearing him articulate. Dillonism, whether you like it or not has come to stay. It will become a system of thought pattern in the psyche of future leaders who are willing to change and in the process, change the pattern and norms of governance in the land. Of course not all within the sphere of power will embrace change as it is an anathema to them. They enjoying the ‘decadence’ they are presently living in and the change they preached before grabbing power is a taboo to their very souls. May their choices reward them and let continue to see as “God beat them” left and right, day and night. I’m done!

      • A Sogbe who with his alias “WARNINGSHOT“ who has not even entered the Capitol and has started displaying his corrupt mindset by LYING about structures, processes, regulations, and laws he is totally ignorant about? Spare us, bro! Once you hear someone LYING, have no trust nor confidence in him.

        Here is a man Boy Charles who after been a serial loser have finally won. And instead of maintaining some amount of honorable etiquette, or at least, some amount of gentlemanly decency, he would choose to begin LYING to the people because he suffered electoral losses in the past! Boy Charles, alias “warningshot“ we do not expect lies from you. There is no politician in this world who have not experienced a loss, whether electoral or otherwise.

        And he wants to pretend he has legislative knowledge, when he knows he has no such knowledge. Just imagine if other learned Liberians were not on these fora, can one imagine the LIES the likes of Boy Charles would spread around here.

        • Hey FOOL…!!!

          I have been using this Screen Name long before Boyle Charles’ election victory.

          I am NOT Boyle Charles but you are a FOOL. So, I will let you do what fools do, just be foolish.
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          Even Dortu-Siboe DoG knows me very, very well.

          • Jonathan Boy Charles Sogbie AKA WARNINGSHOT, you are a fool and a fraud. And this is what led to us investigating you and your comments, YOUR IP etc.

            If you were not the fool you are, you would have applied reason and not emotion by caring less about any such rebuttal against what the Press published, since of course, criticism is a major component of freedom of opinion.

            But because the “street odor“ is still on you, and you are actually not a senatorial material, you ran out butt naked when your clothes were “taken off you“ by one of your first critics.

            You will have to live with that STIGMA Jonathan Boy Charles Sogbie AKA WARNINGSHOT of being disgraced as a fool, a fraud, and an immature political upstart in this forum and beyond.

          • And what sort of suspect defense is this warningshot…. “I have been using this Screen Name long before Boye Charles’ election victory“, as if it is impossible you now senator elect could not have been using the mask “warningshot“ prior to your been elected.

            You have actually made others to believe that you with the screen name “warningshot“, denying to be Boy Charles, are actually this Jonathan Sogbie who have been hiding behind this your so called “screen name“.

            And you belittle yourself while confirming any assumption of you been another fake character, especially so when you can be honest enough to admit been warningshot aka Boy Charles, since using any alias is your right.

    • Sure senator. I think the national legislature should appointment nec officials and nec should be answerable to the national legislature. The Executive Branch has got far too much power that results in abuse of power.

      • The NEC IS NOT ANSWERABLE TO ANY BRANCH OF GOVERNMENT! This is why it is an AUTONOMOUS COMMISSION! THE NEC IS AN autonomous government agency INDEPENDENT OF ANY BRANCH OF GOVERNMENT!!!

        Whenever you have an Election Commission answerable to the national legislature or any branch of government, that NEC toes the line and do the biddings of that party or coalition with the majority in the House or in the Senate!

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        • Whenever you have an Election Commission answerable to the national legislature or any branch of government, that NEC toes the line and DOES the biddings of that party or coalition with the majority in the House or in the Senate!

          • Concerned Liberian, after reading yours and others’ suspicion and even discovery about Boy Charles being the same one posing as warningshot, I went back and perused all of his responses related to the accusation against him.

            The key amongst all I discovered is that this Boy Charles guy now known to be the same warningshot, is not only what he has been described to be.

            He is more than that! Boy Charles is a real evil guy and he has a very evil heart for his former team mate now President Weah. And President Weah and his aides should really never ever trust Boy Charles hand of reconciliation or friendship. This is not about been a critic or having a different view or different vision as his crocodile claims are.

            Now I see why he mentioned about this “does not make me a backstabber as allegedly been gossipped.“.

            This guy went to the Press after his election and said what any clean hearted individual would say about another person.

            But then, once what he said to the Press was published, he put on his warningshot mask and said the worst of the worst things any human being would say about a former team mate who and you are now in government. No wonder he was the first to comment on the story!

            Pres. Weah, take my advise, politics aside or not, Boy Charles does not have a good heart for you.

  3. Boye Charles, hello brother!
    Frankly, I have been your guy and I continue to be your guy. Congratulations!

    Listening to him, you can see that this is someone who has harbored a dream, work towards it and now living the dream.
    You can read knowledge and the mature, directed and prepared ambition. You can figure his zest to want to do something positive for his constituency and country. He is speaking with concrete examples on why he wants some things to be done.

    Félicitations frère, je te souhaite bon vent ! La Cote d’Ivoire et ASEC Mimosas te saluent chaleureusement !

  4. Mr. Boy Charles, Senator-elect, makes all the sense in the world. The Republic of Liberia, needs to establish in Liberia a 3-man National Elections Court with the statutory power and original jurisdiction to entertain, hear and decide all election matters. In my sense, this will help to ensure transparency and accountability respecting all election matters in the Republic.

    The Senator-elect has said it all and smartly. The National Elections Commission of Liberia, (NEC) can not be the defendant in an election complaint and at the same time, sit in the same complaint and act as the judge and witness.

    Liberia’s politicians have kept the Act that created the NEC this way because they are principally corrupt and inept. The Act that created NEC, needs to be amended and made legally relevant and self-executing and the need to uphold Liberia’s election integrity.

    ABSOLUTELY, the Amendment of the Act is long overdue.

  5. Senator Elect Sogbie, your assertion that “When you feel disenfranchised or disenchanted, you will have to sue NEC to NEC”, IS MISLEADING AND FALSE!

    So, your view that ”We will seek to change that, otherwise, serious problems like what is happening now in the Ivory Coast and Guinea will happen here”.”IS ALSO FALSE, MISLEADING, AND UNNECESSARY…AN ACT UNBECOMING OF A MEMBER OF THE PEOPLE’S BRANCH OF GOVERNMENT!

    ”The disenfranchised or disenchanted” electoral candidate seeking redress from the NEC IS NOT AND IN NO WAY SUING NEC TO NEC!

    Such seeking of a redress from the NEC jurisprudentially, and constitutionally clothed with the authority and power regarding elections IS IN LINE with the administrative, legal, commonsense, and conventional wisdom, and constitutional principle of the exhaustion of both internal and administratively jurisprudential remedy! THIS IS THE STANDARD ACROSS THE GLOBE, HON. SOGBIE!

    In Ivory Coast and Guinea it were the Constitutional courts which cleared Presidents Ouattara and Conde, AND NOT the Election Commissions of those countries and other countries including Liberia and the USA with which Liberia shares constitutional jurisprudence are no exceptions in this global electoral norm and principle of exhaustion of administrative and legal remedy!

    So, again, .”the disenfranchised or disenchanted” electoral candidate seeking redress from the NEC IS NOT AND IN NO WAY SUING NEC TO NEC!

    Such seeking of a redress from the NEC jurisprudentially, and constitutionally clothed with the authority and power regarding elections is in line with the administrative, legal, commonsense, and conventional wisdom, and constitutional principle of the exhaustion of both internal and administratively jurisprudential remedy!

    What you Sogbie want is exactly what the Constitution of Liberia mandates the Supreme Court to adjudicate. And this is what is done across the globe!

  6. Everybody knows that ‘True_Nationalist’, a.k.a “Dortu-Siboe DoG!” is clinically unstable.

    I do not run after a Crazy Man when he takes off with my clothes …
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    The moon is up again, so please go and take your Medication … crazy man.!

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