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|'Protest Votes’ Plotted Against Ellen In Nimba|
|Published on July 29, 2011||Email To Friend Print Version
By Marcus S. Zoleh
Citizens of Kwedin Township in Nimba County have spoken of plan not reelect President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf in the coming presidential election because she has “failed” them.
At a mass rally held in Kwedin, the citizens said their plan to institute a “protest vote” against President Sirleaf is based on her failure to implement any of her campaign promises made to them during the 2005 elections.
“We the citizens of Kwedin Township will carry out a protest vote against Madam Sirleaf during this year's presidential election to prove our dissatisfaction,” stated Roger Matadi, one of the spokespersons
“Let me also say that Madam Sirleaf has the political power, but we as citizens now have the time to exercise our legal power; so, let all of us keep to the plan so as to place a hold to her reelection,” Matadi urged during the rally.
The citizens said President Sirleaf took their votes under 'false' and 'vague' campaign promises six years ago. According to them, their roads are even deplorable than before, and cost of living has tripled there.
They also cited her alleged failure to undertake projects she promised to have personally implemented in the area if elected.
The aggrieved citizens told The Informer that they look forward to seeing President Sirleaf visit their area on her campaign tour at which time they will formally inform her of their plot.
Despite the citizens' planed protest vote against President Sirleaf, an independent representative aspirant of the area (District #9) Mr. R. Matenokay Tingban has called on the citizens to reconsider their decision and support Madam Sirleaf re-election campaign.
Mr. Tingban told the citizens that President Sirleaf remains the best leader for Liberia for now and wants them see reason to elect her for the second time.
But the citizens said their plan protest vote against President Sirleaf remains their decision for now.
They told Mr. Tingban that their love and support for him is based on his character and his many development contributions to the district and not his connection with President Sirleaf or the Unity Party.
“We will vote you (Tingban) as our representative but for the senator and president leave it withy us,” the citizens noted.