Liberians are expressing strong resentment and outrage against the ticket of the Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) for their association with convicted war criminal and former President Charles Taylor.
In numerous interviews in a survey poll completed a day before elections in the four political quadrants of Liberia, citizens recounted individual and harrowing stories of how the Taylor led rebel carnage killed and maimed family members, relative and friends.
Survey pollsters of the West African Times who tabulated results from eastern, western, northern and southeast Liberia say Liberians are vehemently opposed to Senators George Weah, Jewel Howard Taylor and CDC and their open connection to Taylor who is accused of interfering in the elections in Liberia.
The sample of 2700 registered voters from all parts of the country were asked if they would vote for any candidate who is prepared to carry out the agenda of Taylor, if elected.
An overwhelming majority of 96.4 percent rejected the notion of Weah and Taylor even associating with Taylor. 1.6 percent declined to answer or said “I don’t know.”
The margin of error is 2 percent.
There has been widespread condemnation of Presidential contender George Weah and his running mate Jewel Howard Taylor who is also the ex-wife of Charles Taylor.
The U.S. Senate, in an unprecedented resolution in the last 2 weeks, resolved to condemn any external interference in the election, including any communication or action by former armed faction leader and convicted warlord Charles Taylor to influence the elections from prison cell in the UK where he is serving a 50 year jail term.
Senator Weah has refused to outrightly condemn or reject Charles Taylor and his crimes.
The international community recently warned Senator Weah that it will not tolerate his dalliance with Taylor or any threat to the relative peace of Liberia and the sub-region.
This latest backlash from Liberians is another major setback for Weah who has seen massive erosion in his support due to his lack of articulation of his programs or attend two Presidential debates.
Reports have indicated on-going back channel communication and contact between Senators George Weah and his running mate Jewel Howard Taylor and Charles Taylor and provision of huge financial support from Taylor.
The former ruling National Patriotic Party(NPP) of Taylor threw its support behind Senator Weah’s Presidential bid in 2011 on instructions of Taylor who, at the time, was facing an international trial for commission of war crimes and crimes against humanity in Liberia and the West African sub region.
Weah lost that election to 2 term incumbent President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.
Reporting by Michael Teflon in Darkar Bureau and James Paye in Monrovia