Bong County Senator Jewel Howard Taylor
Sen. Taylor Backs NEC’s Proposed Election Postponement
By Wilfred Gortor (Intern)
MONROVIA, August 7 (LINA) - Bong County Senator Jewel Howard Taylor has welcomed the recommendation by the National Elections Commission (NEC) to postpone the Mid-term Senatorial election slated for October 2014 due to the outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in the country.
She said ‘no decision is too big’ for the people of Liberia to make and as the national interest is now being threatened by the Ebola virus, all must be done to tackle its root in order for Liberians to live in a healthy society.
She made the statement Wednesday when she spoke to the Liberia News Agency in an exclusive interview at the NEC central office in Monrovia.
According to Senator Taylor, the issue of cancellation or postponement of the special senatorial election is a critical national and political decision which requires critical thinking and analysis of the current health situation in Liberia.
Taylor observed that electoral campaigning “is a very interactive form of exchange” which involves moving into villages, towns, homes and cities where shaking hands and hugging a lot of people are required, noting, “It is very difficult to have election under such circumstances, especially with the presence of the Ebola virus in our country.”
“I am not going to risk myself by going into the homes of people or venturing into huge crowds of people where in some instances you will shake the hands of many people and some of them will even want to rub hands on you. I am not only concerned about myself but also the lives of many of our citizens who will be involved in the campaign process,” Senator Taylor asserted.
The Bong County Senator further observed that the health of every Liberian citizen is more important than any election.
She indicated that it is unrealistic for anyone aspiring for a senatorial seat to think that they can politicize the current emergency for selfish gains.
“The best thing we all can do is not to take this risk. Let us not think that because we want to become senator we should ignore the fact that the country is in a state of great danger. Ebola is real, our country is recording cases on a daily basis, we must take a step now to eradicate Ebola,” Taylor stated.