first_imgCitizens of Buu-Yao in Nimba County have petitioned Louise W. McMillian, former assistant culture minister, to contest the legislative position for district #5 in the 2017 polls.In their petition statement, Buu-Yao citizens said Min. McMillian’s hard work and willingness to come to the aid of people from the district clearly make her the right person for the job.The petition statement added that through her effort and influence, several citizens of the district have been able to get higher education in different disciplines, adding:“We are indeed overwhelmed by your contributions to our district, and are therefore urging you to accept our petition to run as Representative. In addition, we all are appealing to you to continue the good work which cuts across irrespective of religious, tribal and political divide, but all in the interest of developing the district.“Moreover, we believe that when you are elected, you will work a lot to bring about development and opportunity for citizens within this district. You know our problems than any other person. You have been with us for a longtime, and understand our problems. You know the challenges we are faced with every day and we believe you are capable of solving them. We petition you to contest for this election.”In response to their petition, Min. McMillian reminded citizens of the district that if they want to see their district having good schools, roads, bridges, and market places, it would require the collective effort of everyone in the district.“Buu-Yao needs every one of us to lend our energy, our talents and our ambition to making our district better and stronger. This is called team work, and this is what I am bringing to Buu-Yao when I win.“And so, it is with the will power and boundless confidence in the great people of Buu-Yao that I accept your petition to be your voice and partner in progress and development for our community.“Although developing and building the human capacity of our district is a long journey, it is achievable when we all stick together. Let me say this, when I win, my focus is to promote legislation that will better your lives and the lives of your children,” she said, adding: “Too many wrong laws have been passed, which are killing the country; during my time in office, I will make sure to repeal some of these laws.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) Louise W. McMillian, former assistant culture minister – Advertisement –last_img read more

first_imgBy Gwendolyn S. Myers, Executive Director, Messengers of Peace-Liberia, Inc.Liberians were expected to go to for the run-off Presidential elections on Tuesday 7 November 2017 but this did not happen due to the Supreme Court refrain order to the National Elections Commission.Liberia, in our opinion, is too quiet, everyone is going about their business as if nothing is amiss and this is concerning. The unspoken words out there are not comforting either. There are too many rumours and murmurs are not in the best interest of the country.The spoken word out there is laden with threats, allegations and innuendoes, there are more questions than answers and discussions around the street corners, in homes and social areas on who is wrong, what is wrong and who should not be allowed to rule. Would the Presidential runoff elections process be delayed longer than it is necessary and if so, for how long?Uncertainty on when and if the next Presidential runoff elections would take place raises grave concerns on constitutional mandates and its timeframe. Young people, particularly the first time voters, are afraid and need reassurance. We should not let our young voters down as the fire of conflict is sparked the longer ongoing electoral issue(s) remain unresolved.We need to change our dialogue and allow established political mechanisms to take their course. Our politicians should put the interest of the country above individual ambition. Country first!We are of the view that heads of the various political parties should remain committed to peace consolidations and supporters of the various political parties are requested to remain objective. Liberia is not the first country to be so tested but it is important that electoral dispute-resolution be conducted in a transparent, timely, fair and objective way.Volunteer Peace Messengers are of the opinion that instead of wheeling and dealing, we should be dialoguing and mediating. We need political peace and call for the resolution of this impasse.The registered Liberian voters would like to make this election meaningful.In Romans 8:26 we are reminded that, “…the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans”.Until next week, when we hope for a resolution, we want to encourage everyone to allow peace prevail. As time goes on and in line with Frank Sinatra’s song, “Stick with your own team” vote peace and let us make this election meaningful. Peace above all else, peace first and May peace prevail in our era. #Peace, my democratic choiceShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more