13 February 2013

Liberia: Islamic Schools Elect Leaders

For the very first time in its history, the Islamic School System Incorporated (ISSI) of Liberia has elected new corps of officers that steer the affairs of Islamic Schools in the country.

Those elected Saturday included Kalifala I. Sesay, Director of ISSI, Mohammed A. Fahnbulleh, Deputy Director, Kalifa Kamara, General Secretary, Azic Amara, National Treasurer, and Varney B. Kamara, Assistant National Treasurer.

Other officials elected included Randy A.V. Massalay, Assistant National Secretary General, Musa D. Sesay, Coordinator, Montserrado County, Mahmood Nye, Coordinator, Bomi County, Abraham Massalay, Coordinator, Margibi County, Faread I. Sonii, Coordinator, Grand Cape Mount County, amongst others.

In fulfillment of its constitution, the new ISSI officials are to serve a four term to run the affairs of the organization, averred Daniel Umaru Ziah, Chairman of the Election Organizing Committee.

Commenting on the conduct of the election, Mr. Ziah expressed happiness about the smooth holding of the elections, and rallied both winners and losers in order to uphold Muslim solidarity.

"I am really, really overwhelmed with joy today" Mr. Ziah told New Democrat Saturday at the Salafia Mosque. Adding "For me, I don't think there's any winners or losers in these elections. I want to encourage all of you who participated in this process to hold together because this is what Islam calls for. Islam calls for brotherhood and solidarity and we need to adhere to that."

Out of 54 registered voters, 17 candidates and 542 printed ballot papers, the elections, Ziah said, went on well as expected, describing the process as a complete success.

Mr. Ziah also thanked member institutions of ISSI for their prayers and positive contributions made toward the electoral process, and called on Muslims across the country to follow the organization's good examples.

"These elections have only taken us one step ahead. We need to go beyond electioneering now and prove how much more organized we are by conducting ourselves in a manner that make others to follow our good examples" Ziah said.

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