Liberia’s Quest: Leadership Or Dealership?

What is being suspected of politicians in determining Liberia’s quest for governance appears to be gradually unfolding in the wake of the presidential runoff expected to be held on November 7, 2017.

Poised with their voting cards close to their chests, while Liberians are awaiting the day for the runoff between the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) and the ruling Unity Party (UP) to decide who takes the mantle of power after Madam Ellen Johnson Sirleaf in January 2018, negotiations for political consensus are said to be held between defeated presidential candidates and the two candidates who are going for the runoff.

Narrowed down to only two  parties for the runoff, campaign is now taking place across the country between the CDC and UP, as supporters of both parties have begun appealing to the electorate for their votes to make either candidate be elected to replace Madam Sirleaf.

Apparently sitting on the fence but not seemingly inactive on the political scene are eighteen presidential candidates whose support to either CDC or UP is being regarded on some quarters as one of the determining factors  to get a CDC or UP elected for the presidency.

It is recalled that contacts for support from candidates and political parties during a runoff have been noted for paving the way in the past for political accommodations for public positions apportioned to politicians at the will of the winning party.

This trend was observed in 2005 and 2011 and the ruling UP successfully sealed deals with political parties and candidates who trusted the party for such political bargaining.

By then, it was Madam Sirleaf and Mr. Weah at one point; and Madam Sirleaf and Cllr. Winston Tubman at another point, who sought support behind the scene from defeated presidential candidates and political parties for runoffs.

After two successive victories of the Unity Party, it is now VP Boakai battling for control of the presidency, but coming second in terms of the total percentage of voted obtained in the first round of elections, to Senator Weah who has the highest percentage of the total votes secured.

Meanwhile, negotiations are said to be ongoing either between the CDC and various defeated presidential candidates, or the ruling UP and the very presidential candidates for support in the runoff, a development political analysts claim is geared towards seeking ‘dealership’ rather than ‘leadership.’

Analysts have also claimed that candidates and parties that lost the elections would put their expenses made during the electoral process on the table to be either underwritten by either candidate seeking their support, or certain slots be provided them, if the candidate wins the presidency.

However, these negotiations do not necessarily guarantee the chances up right because supporters of the candidates contacted  have their individual rights to decide on the candidates they prefer in the runoff ; writes Lewis K. Glay 0886469835/lglay.inprofile@gmail.com

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