News / Africa

    Liberia begins Political Campaigning Tuesday for October Elections

    National Elections Commission Chair James Fromayan says his commission wants the political season to be characterized by civility

    Liberia begins Political Campaigning Tuesday for October Elections
    Liberia begins Political Campaigning Tuesday for October Elections

    Multimedia

    Audio
    • Butty interview with Elections Commission Chair James Fromayan

    James Butty

    Political campaigning begins Tuesday for Liberia’s presidential election in October where President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is seeking a second term.

    Next month, Liberians will also go to the polls for a constitutional referendum to determine residency requirements for presidential candidates.

    James Fromayan, chairman of the National Elections Commission (NEC) said the commission wants the political season to be characterized by civility.

    “We will ensure that political parties are tolerant of each other. We will not want a situation where political parties will converge on one place when engaging [in] political campaigns or rallies, as the case may be. In that light, we will be looking forward to receiving the schedule of each political party so that there’s no conflict in any of the campaign activities. We want civility to characterize the electoral activities,” he said.

    Opposition parties have yet to choose their presidential candidates.

    Fromayan said parties have already begun campaigning ahead Tuesday’s official starting date.

    “The nomination will begin on the 20th of this month and will run until the around the 15th of August. But, as I said, really parties have been campaigning already. We have been bombarded with [a] series of questions as to why parties are already campaigning in the absence of campaigning being declared because certainly there are certain personalities who believe that their parties will carry them come what may,” Fromayan says.

    Fromayan said the delay in the start of campaigning was caused by a lawsuit brought the Liberty Party which asked the courts to put a stop to the commission’s delineation of electoral districts in the counties with smaller populations.

    But, he said the Supreme Court lifted the stay order when it ruled that the commission was acting within its authority to reapportion electoral districts.

    On August 23, Liberians go to the polls for a constitutional referendum to determine, among other things, residency requirement for anyone seeking the presidency.

    Currently, Article 52 (c) requires a 10 year residency for anyone seeking the presidency. If it passes, the requirement would be reduced to five years.

    But, if the amendment fails, then Sirleaf and a number of other candidates would most likely be disqualified to run in the October elections. Fromayan would not speculate on the outcome of the August referendum.

    “We will apply the rules as they obtain. So, we don’t want to preempt what will happen come August 23rd, but whatever will happen will dictate the course of action to be pursued consistent with our policy and guidelines,” Fromayan said.

    You May Like

    Post-White House, Obamas to Rent Washington Mansion

    Nine-bedroom home is 3 kilometers from Oval Office, near capital's Embassy Row; rent estimated at around $22,000 a month

    Red Planet? Not so much!

    New research suggest that Mars is in a warm period between cyclical ice ages, and that during Ice Age Maximum over 500,000 years ago, the red planet was decidedly ice, and much whiter to the naked eye.

    Taj Mahal Battles New Threat from Insects

    Swarms of insects are proliferating in the heavily contaminated waters of the Yamuna River, which flows behind the 17th century monument

    This forum has been closed.
    Comments
         
    There are no comments in this forum. Be first and add one

    By the Numbers

    Featured Videos

    Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
    Vietnamese-American Youth Optimistic About Obama's Visit to Vietnami
    X
    Elizabeth Lee
    May 22, 2016 6:04 AM
    U.S. President Barack Obama's visit to Vietnam later this month comes at a time when Vietnam is seeking stronger ties with the United States. Many Vietnamese Americans, especially the younger generation, are optimistic Obama’s trip will help further reconciliation between the two former foes. Elizabeth Lee has more from the community called "Little Saigon" located south of Los Angeles.
    Video

    Video Vietnamese-American Youth Optimistic About Obama's Visit to Vietnam

    U.S. President Barack Obama's visit to Vietnam later this month comes at a time when Vietnam is seeking stronger ties with the United States. Many Vietnamese Americans, especially the younger generation, are optimistic Obama’s trip will help further reconciliation between the two former foes. Elizabeth Lee has more from the community called "Little Saigon" located south of Los Angeles.
    Video

    Video First-generation, Afghan-American Student Sets Sights on Basketball Glory

    Their parents are immigrants to the United States. They are kids who live between two worlds -- their parents' homeland and the U.S. For many of them, they feel most "American" at school. It can be tricky balancing both worlds. In this report, produced by Beth Mendelson, Arash Arabasadi tells us about one Afghan-American student who seems to be coping -- one shot at a time.
    Video

    Video Newest US Citizens, Writing the Next Great Chapter

    While universities across the United States honor their newest graduates this Friday, many immigrants in downtown Manhattan are celebrating, too. One hundred of them, representing 31 countries across four continents, graduated as U.S. citizens, joining the ranks of 680,000 others every year in New York and cities around the country.
    Video

    Video Vietnam Sees Strong Economic Growth Despite Incomplete Reforms

    Vietnam has transformed its communist economy to become one of the world's fastest-growing nations. While the reforms are incomplete, multinational corporations see a profitable future in Vietnam and have made major investments -- as VOA's Jim Randle reports.
    Video

    Video Qatar Denies World Cup Corruption

    The head of Qatar’s organizing committee for the 2022 World Cup insists his country's bid to host the soccer tournament was completely clean, despite the corruption scandals that have rocked the sport’s governing body, FIFA. Hassan Al-Thawadi also said new laws would offer protection to migrants working on World Cup construction projects. VOA's Henry Ridgwell reports.
    Video

    Video Infrastructure Funding Puts Cambodia on Front Line of International Politics

    When leaders of the world’s seven most developed economies meet in Japan next week, demands for infrastructure investment world wide will be high on the agenda. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s push for “quality infrastructure investment” throughout Asia has been widely viewed as a counter to the rise of Chinese investment flooding into region.
    Video

    Video Democrats Fear Party Unity a Casualty in Clinton-Sanders Battle

    Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton claimed a narrow victory in Tuesday's Kentucky primary even as rival Bernie Sanders won in Oregon. Tensions between the two campaigns are rising, prompting fears that the party will have a difficult time unifying to face the presumptive Republican nominee, Donald Trump. VOA national correspondent Jim Malone has more from Washington.
    Video

    Video Portrait of a Transgender Marriage: Husband and Wife Navigate New Roles

    As controversy continues in North Carolina over the use of public bathrooms by transgender individuals, personal struggles with gender identity that were once secret are now coming to light. VOA’s Tina Trinh explored the ramifications for one couple as part of trans.formation, a series of stories on transgender issues.
    Video

    Video Amerikan Hero Flips Stereotype of Middle Eastern Character

    An Iranian American comedian is hoping to connect with American audiences through a film that inverts some of Hollywood's stereotypes about Middle Eastern characters. Sama Dizayee reports.
    Video

    Video Budding Young Inventors Tackle City's Problems with 3-D Printing

    Every city has problems, and local officials and politicians are often frustrated by their inability to solve them. But surprising solutions can come from unexpected places. Students in Baltimore. Maryland, took up the challenge to solve problems they identified in their city, and came up with projects and products to make a difference. VOA's June Soh has more on a digital fabrication competition primarily focused on 3-D design and printing. Carol Pearson narrates.

    Special Report

    Adrift The Invisible African Diaspora