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By William Selmah/WADR CORRESPONDENT
“Development da (is) my area,” is one of her ruling Unity Party (UP) slogans that Liberia’s incumbent President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf chanted, amidst loud cheers and applause, as she formally launched her her second term bid campaign for the 11 October presidential polls.
When Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf emerged as Liberia’s president in 2005, most of the credit was given to the Liberian women who stood by her all the way.
Ahead of presidential and general elections in Liberia few weeks from now, Liberian police say they are beefing up security in the capital, Monrovia and other parts of the West African country.
A high level ECOWAS mission has been visiting Liberia, with the President of the Commission, James Victor Gbeho disclosing that the sub-regional bloc will deploy 150 election observers to monitor next month’s presidential and general elections.
There have been heated debates in several quarters in Liberia since news began circulating that President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf is on the verge of bringing in troops from Nigeria to help keep the peace and discourage any violence during the October polls.
With Liberia’s elections just less than six weeks away, one of the 16 presidential candidates qualified by the National Elections Commission, prominent lawyer Marcus Jones has challenged the final list, saying President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf and eleven others should not have been qualified.
Heads of state of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) have expressed serious concern about security on the Ivory Coast-Liberia border, in the wake of the trafficking and circulation of small arms and light weapons.
A mini-summit on security in the West African sub-region has taken place on Sunday in the Nigerian capital, Abuja.
The meeting is being chaired by the current chairman of the sub-regional bloc, ECOWAS, Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan.
One of Liberia’s presidential candidates, Prof Dew Tuan-Wleh Mayson has condemned the call by the country’s president, Ellen Johnson Sir-leaf, for the Nigerian government to send troops to Liberia to monitor the upcoming elections.
Liberian President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf and 15 other presidential candidates have been qualified to contest the October 11 polls by the country’s National Elections Commission (NEC), as it issued the final list of candidates on Friday.