By Peter A. Fahn
The Ministry of Information, Cultural Affairs and Tourism has intervened in what was developing into a standoff in the Liberia Movie Union as the body gears up for elections slated for May 2nd.
Early on Friday morning, some protesting members of the Union carrying placards stormed the Ministry of Information on Capitol Hill in an apparent attempt to draw the attention of authority of the Ministry to what they say is an attempt by the interim leadership of the Union to disenfranchise them from participating in the upcoming elections.
But Assistant Cultural Minister Louise McMillian swiftly intervened as she invited the leadership of the protesters in her office for a meeting.
The head of the group, Musa Massaquoi, among other things, complained that some members of the Movie Union who had received voting tags names were left out on the roster for the pending election. He said if this situation was not resolved, the affected persons could be prevented from participating in the May 2nd poll.
Mr. Massaquoi and his delegation urged Minister McMillian to prevail on the election commission to publish the list of qualified voters ahead of the election as part of measures to ensure that the election is free, fair and transparent.
In response, Minister McMillian told Mr. Massaquoi and his delegation to collect the voting tags from the aggrieved Movie Union members and report them to her office in order to verify and cross check names on the tags with the voter roster from the interim leadership of the Union.
She assured the leadership of the protesting Union members that the Ministry of Information would ensure that the election is marked by high degree of honest, transparency and fairness. She added that the election will be conducted under the watch of the Ministry to ensure that the process is freed of discrepancy.
Minister McMillian said the leadership of the Ministry headed by Minister Lewis G. Brown will continue to work with the Union to ensure the development of the umbrella organization of persons involved in the film industry in Liberia.