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Liberian Election Watch

 
 
littlek
 
Reply Mon 22 Aug, 2005 05:42 pm
In October, Liberia will hold presidential and legislative elections. Campaigning has begun and has been marked by violence. The violence is purported to be unsponsored by the parties themselves and are blamed on supporters of the rival parties.

I think there are around 22 candidates for President, including a soccor star.

A rundown of pre-election debates at The Perpective

You can listen to an interview on Here and Now with Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, a candidate for the Liberian Presidential election here: NPR She said in the interview that Liberia is not a heavily populated country and it's rich in resources - there is no reason it can't support itself.

More links to come......
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littlek
 
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Reply Mon 22 Aug, 2005 05:46 pm
There are many many Liberian refuges and ex-patriots. Some are returning in advance of the upcoming elections. VOA


4 candidates' platforms discussed here: AllAfrica
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Setanta
 
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Reply Mon 22 Aug, 2005 06:05 pm
I glad to see you taking such an interest in the continent, Miss Kay . . . it confirms my belief in your open mind, and your desire to learn . . .
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littlek
 
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Reply Mon 22 Aug, 2005 06:49 pm
At one point, months ago, I was the Africa forum person. I tried to fill out the forum and start discussion topics with little or no response. I guess I wasn't doing a very good job selling the topic.
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Setanta
 
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Reply Mon 22 Aug, 2005 07:22 pm
Don't beat up on yourself, as i said in the other thread, the West doesn't give a damn . . . i had a roommate in college from Rhodesia, his ambition in life was to shoot Ian Smith. Never heard from him again, and i imagine he went off an' joined Mugabe. Many, many years later, about ten years ago, i worked with a guy from Liberia. He had left so he wouldn't get press-ganged into Charles Taylor's army. In between, i learned conversational French by hanging out with west Africans. I like the African people, they're nice folks, even in the midst of all of their sorrows.
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littlek
 
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Reply Mon 22 Aug, 2005 07:24 pm
We had an exchange student (the first of many) from the Ivory Coast when I was maybe 3 years old. I was smitten.
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littlek
 
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Reply Mon 19 Sep, 2005 09:25 pm
The interim Liberian government has agreed to international oversight on the countries finances in order to help reign in or stave off corruption.

VOA
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littlek
 
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Reply Mon 19 Sep, 2005 09:27 pm
Outside analysists fear that Liberia is unprepared for the huge October 11th elections.

VOA
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Merry Andrew
 
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Reply Tue 20 Sep, 2005 03:49 am
BM
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littlek
 
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Reply Sun 2 Oct, 2005 02:53 pm
Listening to a BBC reporting on the run-up to the elections.....
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littlek
 
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Reply Sun 2 Oct, 2005 03:27 pm
An article describing this coming election (Oct 11th) as the first since the civil war in Liberia - and looking ahead:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/4284642.stm

Refuges are returning to a country with it's infrastructure destroyed. Road systems, utilities, transportation, are in shambles. Monrovia, the capitol city, hasn't had electric power or running water in a decade!
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dlowan
 
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Reply Sun 2 Oct, 2005 04:55 pm
Good grief!


Wishing 'em well...
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littlek
 
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Reply Sun 2 Oct, 2005 04:55 pm
Me too, dlowan.
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littlek
 
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Reply Mon 10 Oct, 2005 09:10 pm
Tomorrow is the big day! Soon Liberians will awaken and the voting will begin. I wish them luck.
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ossobuco
 
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Reply Mon 10 Oct, 2005 10:12 pm
Me too, me too.
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littlek
 
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Reply Tue 11 Oct, 2005 06:49 pm
Long lines, looooong waits, lots of people voting - peacefully. Wow. Let's hope there's been no foul play.
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Merry Andrew
 
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Reply Tue 11 Oct, 2005 07:02 pm
Seems to be going smoothly from all I hear.
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littlek
 
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Reply Tue 11 Oct, 2005 09:10 pm
The people sure do seem to want good, peaceful, solid change and the candidates don't seem to have enough power independently to corrupt the vote. Now, if it's not miss-managed......
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littlek
 
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Reply Thu 3 Nov, 2005 09:31 pm
So, the footballer, Weah got the most votes in the initial voting process. The man could be a good figurehead, a unifyer in the torn country. The long-lived fueding between the indigenous people in Liberia and the freed slaves who have been ruling the country since they immigrated there. Weah is a native to the country and his wife is a foreigner.

Also, many of the rebel fighters had, apparently, killed people simply because those people had been educated. Education was a sign of the class which ruled by oppression. Weah's distinct lack of education is obviously a good thing in the eyes of these angry young men. On the flip side, those who are educated fear that his lack of education could make him more easily fooled and or corrupted by various interest groups. BBC

So, perhaps a coalition government?
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littlek
 
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Reply Wed 9 Nov, 2005 09:39 pm
The run-off elections are showing Sirleaf, the second most voted for candidate in the preliminary elections, to be be solidly in first place. Weah's camp is declaring there to be voting fraud.

Reuters
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