London Times Predicts Two- Horse Race In October Elections

By: Josephus Moses Gray
Monrovia, Liberia

The Perspective
Atlanta, Georgia
August 4, 2005


The 2005 Presidential and legislative Elections scheduled for October 11 is expected to be a two-horse race between Madam Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, a Harvard-trained political stalwart, and international soccer legend, Ambassador George “ Oppong” Weah, latest report published by London Times Online has said.

Under the banner headline, “Football Star crises foul in Poll dispute”, the report said the October Election promises to make history. According to the report, if the Unity Party (UP) flag bearer wins, she will be the first woman to lead a modern African nation, but if the polls go the other way, Amb. Weah will be the first footballer to become president.

But the report said nothing about the other presidential candidates and aspirants, who are also determined to capture the nation’s highest office come October 11 polling.

Meanwhile Unity Party’s (UP) flag bearer, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, on Sunday departed the country for the United States where she is expected this Wednesday to address students and professors of the Harvard University in Boston. Madam Sirleaf is a graduate of the Harvard University.

Making the disclosure at a news conference in Monrovia recently, Madam Sirleaf said she will be propounding on the topic, Investment Opportunity and Post Elections in Liberia: From Crisis to Opportunity. “I will use the occasion to give the real and true picture of happenings in Liberia and would encourage investors to come and invest the country,” she said.

Besides, Harvard University, Mrs. Sirleaf said she would also undertake a wide range of speaking engagements with several US-based Liberian groups before meeting with an African businessman who hails from neighboring Sierra Leone to discuss investment opportunity in Liberia.

She pointed to the need for Liberians to be committed to development oriented programs including the necessary structural change that allows for equal distribution of resources and respect for fundamental and human rights, good governance and social justice.

Commenting on reconciliation, decentralization and reform in the Liberian society, the UP “Iron-lady” said “we need to act and seek the best opportunity to avoid us from being slipped back.”

Madam Sirleaf called for the resignation of public officials who violate public trust and are involved in corruption. She recommended that stern measures be taken against individuals found guilty of violating public trust.

Regarding the October elections, the political tactician said Liberians should be peaceful and friendly during the period. Meanwhile, Madam Sirleaf said that she has declared her assets to the National Elections Commission (NEC) following the submission of her application to contest the Liberian Presidency in the forthcoming elections.