Wednesday September 28, 2005
International observers and monitors have started pouring into Liberia as the October 11 polls draw near, according to reports from the capital, Monrovia, yesterday. So far, 70 representatives from the European Union ( EU) are in the country , while 175 international monitors from different nations are breezing in, all of them to monitor the elections.
The EU Chief Observer Max Van Den Berg , is among the dozens of international monitors expected to be in full attendance during the elections. The French News Agency, AFP, quoted him yesterday as saying that :Fraud cannot be avoided , but we have to reduce it as much as possible, by watching the various actors in the process “..
There are 22 Presidential candidates but according to our man on the spot, Jlateh Doe, most of them are briefcase contestants with their parties existing only in their briefcases.
The hottest favourites for victory are veteran female politician, Mrs. Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf of the Unity Party ( UP) and former World Footballer of the Year George Oppong Weah of the Campaign For Democratic Change ( CDC).