The Informer (Monrovia)

19 September 2011

Liberia: UP Launches Official Campaign

Thousands of supporters and sympathizers of the ruling Unity Party (UP) on Saturday, September 17, 2011 converged at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium (ATS) on Lynch Street in observance of the official launch of its campaign activities.

Our reporter who visited the campaign launching site said the stadium could not accommodate the thousands that turned out to grace the program.

According to him, as a result of the over-crowdiness of the field several supporters were reportedly unconscious due to the hot weather. Tanks filled with water from the National Fire Service was sprayed over the mammoth crowd in an effort to prevent them from fainting.

Several streets in Monrovia and parts adjacent visited on last Saturday saw huge traffic congestions that virtually brought all movements in the city at a standstill.

What was amazing at the program was the presence of several collaborating political parties including the Liberia National Union (LINU), Progressive Democratic Party (PRODEMP) of Mr. Sekou Damate Konneh, the All Liberian Coalition Party (ALCOP) of Professor Alhaji Kromah, Alliance for Peace and Democracy (APD) of Dr. Marcus Dahn among others were present at the ATS and pledged their unflinching and unwavering support to President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf's second term bid.

Some supporters interviewed said the launching of the campaign was a political signal to the opposition bloc reminding them of the expected landslide victory come October general and presidential elections will be a 60% victory with no second round.

The progressive work of President Sirleaf is a clear indication that her second term bid is a showcase, remarked Anthony Dweh of Paynesville.

The president in her statement assured UP partisans and Liberians at large that she is confident of winning the election and further urged Liberians to go through the election process with high sense of maturity and patriotism.

in consonance with the harmony of the electoral exercise has released a listing of routing and pick up points towards the grand ATS parade.

Shuttles will cover communities around Paynesville including Neezoe, Red-light, Duport Road, Kendeja among others through the Tubman Boulevard, while the Freeway communities including Stephen Tolbert, Bardnersville, Doe Community, through the Freeport route.

Across Liberia's towns and villages, the out pouring of support for Africa's first female head of State has remained outstanding and unmatched pointing to new schools, roads, bridges and better wages thus making Saturday's grand launch of the ruling party the time to really do it again, party officials said.

Community members are queuing at district offices and citizens are overwhelmed with how much has changed and reshaped under the new leadership of integrity aided by an internationally reputed system of governance.

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