Monrovia — Mr. Cyrus Cooper a senatorial aspirant in the upcoming election in Grand Gedeh County has joined several others to vehemently oppose the attempted hike in the elections fees for candidates.
Cooper said, the proposal by the Liberian Senate to raise the fee charged for senatorial candidates to five thousand United States dollars (US$ 5,000.00) and twenty-five thousand united states dollars (US$ 25,000.00) for presidential candidates is shameful and unacceptable.
Cooper said: "The Senate Pro-Temp, Honorable Findley's support for this astronomical increment in the Senatorial candidate registration fees from US$750.00 in 2011 to U$5,000.00 in 2014 is inconsistent with the tenets of democracy, national peace and reconciliation, as well as the spirit of leadership.
It is hard to believe that those who came to power through the payment of $750.00 as fees in 2005 and 2011, who have failed their constituencies are today attempting to hold on to power through economic pressure and intimidation." He argued that there is no need for such unreasonable increment in candidate's registration fee in a country with an estimated 80% unemployment rate characterized by extreme poverty? "Is this an attempt to eliminate credible opponents who may not have deep pockets?
Is Pro-Temp Findley trying to reduce our national politics to only those with deep pockets and others who have amassed wealth at the expense of our suffering citizens who elected them into office? Why is this sudden astronomical increment," he added. Devious tactics at stake
Cooper also claimed that one needs not to be a rocket scientist to know that many of Liberia's current lawmakers have failed their constituencies for the last eight and the half years, noting that some of these failed Senators are now desperately attempting to employ devious tactics to hold on to power.
"In view of these clandestine and undemocratic tendencies, I am urging all patriotic Liberian lawmakers to resist Pro-Temp Gbehzongar Findley and his band of followers who are attempting to subvert the 2014 senatorial race for their selfish motives.
He continued: "Considering the monthly salary and allowances for the current Senators, the idea of $5,000.00 candidate registration fees is highly evil and only serves the interest of the lackeys of Pro-Temp. Gbehzongar Findley." The aspirant argued that Liberians have come too far to allow the same divisive and manipulative politics that held the country and its people hostage for more than 14 years to take the center stage of the national political order.
"We must resist those who want to take advantage of fellow Liberians simply because of their current political and social status. Our politics must not be driven by personal interests, but rather national interests for the good of every Liberian," he said.
Copper if certified by the National Elections Commission of Liberia is expected to face a difficult race in Grand Gedeh County, for the senatorial seat that will become vacant by October, 2014.