Memorably, campaign seasons in Liberia, particularly beginning with years of the maturity of this columnist, have often been characterized by the congregation of individuals in towns, villages and cities, simply to allow those viewed as having influences to make very laborious speeches based on promises that they may not fulfill.
Independently stated that with certain communities falling victims to the promises that had been marked by festive events, leaving attendants to think that they have received a savior of redemption, the last three decades have proven the opposite, most often with those elected to public offices using their time to exert themselves into power, whether acknowledged by the constituency they represent or not.
Whilst the scenario has continued to repeat itself as though Liberians have not gained the full consciousness of regaining their destiny robbed of them through various machinations that come from external linkages, the ongoing political exercises embarked upon with Mr. James M. Fromayan barely laying down his life in redemption of the unacknowledged ought to serve as initial lesson to redeeming Liberia from the scourge of war to a peaceful, stable and transparent path in which the Republic of Liberia will reign high, in spite political affiliation, religion, sect, creed or color.
Of significant interest on the onset of declaring formal campaign opened for political parties or candidates of political institutions, initial pool conducted by the Truth Radio on yesterday morning, howbeit the interpretations or misinterpretations that other may bear, proves quite discouraging, if not deceiving to the Liberian people.
Accepted that individuals and institutions must play by the rules of the NEC game, by establishing at least an office in Monrovia, let it go down very well that the citizenry have since graduated from that stage in which decisions rendered from the political capital reflect those in areas occupied by the majority.
Quite observant and prepared to catalogue the political events --- thanks to the technological innovations --- reports gathered through the influence of Truth Radio indicate that in Bong County, there at least exists offices of the Unity Party (UP), Liberty Party and the Freedom Alliance Party (FAP), with others becoming invincible, though declared by the NEC that some 28 or more political parties have been registered in the country.
The closest capital, Kakata City, recorded nearly eight political parties’ presence, with the Unity Party reported to be very active, whilst Grand Bassa that had once been considered base of the Liberty Party of Cllr. Charles Brumskine has dwindled to invisibility, leaving the Unity Party to in the lead, moreso with the Movement for the Re-election of Ellen (MORE) that is similarly raking Grand Gedeh County winning the minds of citizens.
Whilst Sinoe, Gbarpolu, River Gee, Maryland, Bomi, Lofa, including Vahun District, Grand Kru and Cape Mount are said to have the UP well-grounded in terms of establishing structures that would witness the participation of Liberians into the political process, the party of Mr. Prince Y. Johnson identified as the National Union for Democratic Progress (NUDP) may just be making headways in Nimba County, his birth-place, though keen observers have already begun considering such achievement as a replica of the past in which sectionalism may unfold, even if successful to become elected as President of the Republic.
One then wonders why should the registration of political parties whose lists of voters may even succeed the entire population continue to make funny noise as though they have established bases with the actual electorate.
Appearing fishing in a river without a bait on the hook, why should Liberians in general be rendered psychologically impaired by the heightening number of pure irrelevance, when competent individuals who have not had the privilege of serving in government simply displaying their qualifications through the merit system reorganized by Dr. C. William Allen of the Civil Service Agency (CSA), in order to obtain jobs.
Reminded of yester-years when similar scenario had begun, with all kinds and forms of political institutions organized, only to witness Presidential aspirants nearly begging for jobs as low as directors, assistant ministers and directors of public corporations, the elephant meat once created of Liberia’s political system can no longer be encouraged, especially with the restoration of democracy.
One either accepts to choose the rightful path in which decisions made meet the full consensus of the governed or find an exit, in order not to be disgraced by refined methods embedded in the rule of law.
Very fond of citing former Interim President Dr. Amos Sawyer as a political mentor, unquestionably having displayed acts of nationalism and patriotism over the years, what so much is behind the elective titles when ineptitude continues to prevail amongst individuals who simply want to be regarded as possessing theoretical degrees but unable to perform practically, relying upon the undermen? This has been and is truly the case.
Had it truly been for the number of degrees that one earn to become President or the Republic, there are many individuals now in Liberia who would simply display their credentials to win the post, especially including University of Liberia Mass Communications Associate Professor Alhaji Garxim Vamuyan Kromah, II who may simply now be on tactical retreat to allow true democracy to prevail throughout the country.
Often said that this columnist is not responsible for individuals who should have learned their parts of speech during elementary schooling to wait until they are in college, all fingers are not the same and it does not truly pay to undermine the other simply by getting mere papers at university level to boast of knowing everything but remaining deformed practically.
Worth reiterating, this columnist is no longer a politician but a political reporter and editor and with the electioneering season now opened through the declaration of official campaigning by political aspirants, with predictions never off-line as to who will steer the ship of state, without any form of biases, it remains purely the electorate that journalists will continue to interact with not only in Monrovia but the highlanders.
Rightly stated yesterday by the NEC Chairman that the ongoing exercise ought to remain violence-free, with the rule of law applicable to all offenders of rules set, it could just become the difference in recent decades within the African region in educating the population that elections are not meant for antagonistic ventures but one that would unite citizens of a country, through unity in diversity.