By: Laymah Kollie
Monrovia -September 18,2023-:Thousands of Unity Partisans and Sympathizers trooped in on Sunday and defiled the heavy down pour of rain and storm to attend the party’s official nationwide campaign launch. During the rally, UP Standard Bearer Amb. Joseph Boakai attributed the importance of the campaign to upgrading the livelihood of Liberians and a better future.
Speaking during occasion at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium in Monrovia (ATS), Amb. Boakai stated that the campaign is not just meant to be at the Liberian Presidency but to strive for the betterment of ordinary citizens, the voters and future of the country.
He encouraged supporters of the party to engage other Liberians in a door to door campaign as a means of pursuing the goal and agenda of the Unity Party.
“Today marks the launch of our election campaign, but it is not just a campaign for the presidency and legislature; it is a campaign for you, the voters, and for the future we envision together. But as we all know; this demonstration of support will have its biggest impact when you go to the polls on October 10 to vote and vote massively for the Unity Party Alliance to see the change that you demand. Knock on doors, take your children, your parents, family members, friends, and neighbors to the polling stations to vote, and be vigilant to protect the votes.”
AMB. Boakai then cautioned Liberians to assess their living condition in the last six years as they head to the October 10 polls “As you prepare to do so, the simple question you and all voters must ask yourselves is this: Are you better off today than you were six years ago? If the answer as we know it is no, then there can be no patriotic duty but a determination to democratically unseat this regime, curtail corruption, stop the relentless pillaging of the national coffers, and usher in a responsive and responsible government.”
He outlined several challenges face by Liberians including marginalization, inequalities, insecurities, poor infrastructures, corruption, injustice amongst others, indicating that his administration will collectively confront them with compassion and determination.
“Secondly, we recognize the challenges that lie ahead. Our society faces many foundational challenges; challenges of political marginalization of citizens in the decision-making process, economic inequalities, social injusticecorruption, hunger, disease, ignorance, insecurity, poor infrastructure, environmental degradation, youth unemployment, a drug epidemic and so much more. In the face of these challenges, I firmly believe that within every challenge lies an opportunity for growth. Together, we will confront these challenges head-on, with compassion and determination. We will work tirelessly to create an inclusive society, where no one is left behind, where opportunities are abundant, and where the future is brighter for each generation”
Moreover, the former Vice President then committed to having an inclusive administration that listens and addresses the need of the ordinary Liberians.
“I want to assure you that your voices matter, and under our leadership, your concerns will be heard, your dreams will be respected, and your aspirations will be nurtured. I assure you that the transformation we seek will have transparency and accountability as the cornerstones of our administration, when given the mandate on October 10. Gone are the days when only a few people decided the fate of the country through their hidden agendas. Gone are the days when Government is seen as a center for exploitation and ill-gotten wealth”.
However the Unity Party Standard Bearer then reemphasized their plan to resist any attempt by ruling government to rigg the elections comes October.
He echoed calls to the United Nations, United States, African Union, ECOWAS, European Union and others to thoroughly engage the process and avert threats that will undermine the elections.
“First and foremost, let me make it abundantly clear and assure you that any plans or attempts to thwart the will of the Liberian people by stealing these elections will be forcefully resisted by us, the people of Liberia, and the international community, which has invested so much in the peace and stability of this country. And as I said before, we will also leave no stone unturned to work with international prosecutors to expose and arrest those who would foster electoral violence and derail our hard-won peace. I appreciate recent statements by some of our partners including the United States government regarding safeguarding the integrity of these elections. Preserving the sanctity of elections is of paramount importance in upholding the principles of democracy and ensuring that the will of the people is accurately represented.
While we welcome the imposition of sanctions on those who would attempt to thwart the will of the Liberian people, we call on ECOWAS, the United States, the European Union, the African Union, and organizations such as International Foundation for Electoral System (IFES) to fully, thoroughly and actively engage the process now to avert any threat that will undermine these elections by acknowledging and understanding the significance of identifying and combatting any attempts to undermine this fundamental aspect of our society.”
Meanwhile, the Party’s nationwide campaign also took place in other parts of the country to include Lofa, Margibi, Nimba amongst others.