Via FrontPageAfrica: Cancel Liberia October Election, Says Opposition, Simeon Freeman. Excerpt:
Opposition politician Mr. Simeon Freeman, the political leader of the Movement for Progressive Change (MPC) has recommended that the Liberian government cancel the pending Special Senatorial Election and use the funds to fight the deadly Ebola outbreak.
Mr. Freeman suggested that the Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf-led government come out with a short-term mandate that will maintain the current senators for the next six months and use the money intended to conduct an election to invest in the country’s health sector.
Said Freeman: “We need to spend some money to get additional machines and setup testing centers across the country. I am not sure how much these machines cost, but I am proposing as well that Madam Sirleaf and her government take an action on canceling the pending senatorial election.
Continued Freeman: “If we have to spend ten or fifteen million on the election, we can shut the election down and come up with a short-term mandate for the next six months for the current senators to remain in place and the money be used to invest heavily in health during this period by buying the needed gears for health workers and preventive mechanism. It wouldn’t hurt if we declare a state of emergency so that we can drastically deal with the issue.
The MPC political leader also called for more incentives to be given to health workers who are sticking their lives on the line because according to him, smaller health centers are shutting down which could lead to a serious health crisis.
Freeman, who is also a businessman believes that in the case of a health crisis, this could increase the number of deaths in Liberia and have serious consequences on trade and development and the overall growth of the country by scaring away investors.