Heritage (Monrovia)

30 July 2014

Liberia: Senatorial Aspirant Vows Not to Contest If...

A Montserrado Senatorial Aspirant on the ticket of the Liberty Party (LP), Mr. Benjamin Sanvee, has vowed not to participate in the 2014 Special Senatorial Election if the deadly Ebola epidemic continues to cause havoc in the country.

The Ebola virus, which has no cure, has killed at least 129 people here, and claimed more than 670 lives across the region.A top Liberian doctor working at Liberia's largest hospital died on Saturday, and two American aid workers have fallen ill, underscoring the dangers facing those charged with bringing the outbreak under control.

Also last week, an official of the Ministry of Finance identified as Patrick Sawyer died of the disease at a Lagos hospital.

As a means of containing further spread of the disease, President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf set up a taskforce to help in the fight of the disease and ordered the closure of the country's three land borders.

The Liberian leader also ordered that public gatherings be restricted and communities heavily affected by the Ebola outbreak be quarantined.

Accordingly, the 2014 Special Election is scheduled for October 14, 2014. It is in keeping with the Liberian Constitution, which is regarded as the organic law of the country.

Already, the election is gaining momentum, with those senators who are seeking re-election and other Liberians who are desirous of contesting, making known their intentions, their dreams and aspirations to the Liberian people via the media.

In an interview with Sky FM 107 in Monrovia recently, Mr. Sanvee said one of his campaign strategies is to interact with the grass rooters physically, something he observed, is an easy way for people to contract the virus.

Mr. Sanveepointed out that the senatorial election is not as important to him as saving lives.

He wants the country's special senatorial election be postponed so as to enable national stakeholders combat the deadly epidemic.

The opposition politician maintained that there is a need to consider the postponement of the election for the sake of the Liberian nation and people.

"You can't tell me not to go to Newkru Town, WestPoint or Logan Town, these are all populated communities that Ebola has been reported, and so it, is important for us to deal with the Ebola issue before we have the election," he among other things added.

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