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Elections 2017

Meet the Candidates

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1. Benoni W. Urey - Businessman, Mayor of Careysburg and former Commissioner of Maritime Affairs under former President Charles Taylor.

Urey currently owns a 20 percent minority stake in Lonestar Communication Corporation, one of Liberia's largest mobile phone service provider, owner of Wulki Farms an agricultural farm and resort in Careysburg City, and owner of the third largest rubber plantation, Wulki Farms II, located in Konola, Margibi County. He is also the owner of Love Media Incorporated and U-Housing, a real estate development company.

All Liberian Party (ALP) ALP Facebook Page

Mr. Alexander Benedict Cummings - also known as Alex, Jr., served as Chief Administrative Officer of the Coca-Cola Company from July 1, 2008 to March 31, 2016 and as its Executive Vice President from July 2002 to March 31, 2016.

Mr. Cummings served as the President of Africa Group of Coca-Cola Company from March 2001 to June 2008 and as its Chief Operating Officer of Africa Group since July 2002. He also served as an Executive Vice President of Coca-Cola Company.

Alternative National Congress (ANC) ANC Liberia Website

On Wednesday, November 2, 2016, Three opposition political parties, signed a coalition, or an alliance to merge. The partnership was signed among the Congress for Democratic Change (CDC); former ruling party, the National Patriotic Party (NPP), and the youngest among them, the Liberia People’s Democratic Party (LPDP), at the headquarters of the CDC in Congo Town, culminating in what is now known as the Coalition for Democratic Change (the Coalition).

George Mannah Weah - A current Senator of Montserrado County, was Born 1 October 1966. He is a  politician, and retired footballer who played as a striker. Regarded as one of the greatest African players of all time, and as one of the best forwards of his generation, in 1995 he was named FIFA World Player of the Year and won the Ballon d'Or, becoming the first African player to win these awards. In 1989, 1994 and 1995 he was named the African Footballer of the Year, and in 1996, he was named African Player of the Century. In 2004, he was named by Pelé in the FIFA 100 list of the world's greatest living players.

Alex Jenekai Tyler born 15 December 1963 is a Liberian politician who has been Speaker of the House of Representatives of Liberia since 2007. He was first elected as the Representative for the 1st District of Bomi County in 2005.

On September 2, 2016, Tyler recuse himself as Speaker of the house of Resprensentive after members of the  House of Representatives pressured Tyler to recuse himself as presiding officer, while he is in court for a criminal offense following his indictment for allegedly receiving US$75,000 as bribe to change the PPCC law to favor London based Sable Mining Company to get a mining concession for the Wologizi Mountain in Lofa County.

Jewel Howard Taylor of the former ruling party, the National Patriotic Party (NPP), former wife of Charles Taylor and currently a senior senator of Bong County.

The Coalition for Democratic Change (the Coalition)

Congress for Democratic Change (CDC)

National Patriotic Party (NPP)

Liberia People Democratic Party (LPDP)

CDC Liberia Website
4. Cllr. / Dr. Jallah Barbu - lawyer and former Chairman of the Law Reform Commission (LRC).

Cllr. Barbu earned a Diploma in Machinery from Booker Washington Institute (BWI) and matriculated at the University of Liberia, where he received a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting and the Law degree from the Louis Arthur Grimes School of Law. He enrolled at the University of Indiana, Maurer School of Law in Bloomington, Indiana, USA where he earned his Masters and Doctorate (SJD) degree in Law.

Liberian National Union (LINU) Currently LINU has no website

Charles  Walker Brumskin - Born 27 April 1951 is a Liberian politician and attorney. He is the Political Leader of the Liberty Party and came third in the 2005 presidential election. He challenged Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf for the Presidency in 2011 and lost.

He is a senior partner of Brumskine & Associates, a Liberian law firm.

Liberty Party (LP) LP Website

Joseph Mills Jones - Former governor of the Central Bank of Liberia was born in Sinoe County, Liberia. He earned a bachelor degree in economics from Cuttington College, now Cuttington University. He also holds master and doctorate degrees in economics from the American University, Washington, D.C.

As CBL Governor, he played a key role in managing the Liberian economy, and was an important member of the team that managed the debt relief process for heavily indebted poor countries with the IMF. The CBL under Dr. Jones’ leadership promoted Liberian entrepreneurship, through programs directed at increasing access to finance for Liberian businesses, including the Liberian Marketing Association, Petty Traders, Farmers and women in the villages through the Village Savings and Loan Associations. Under his leadership, the CBL helped to promote the mortgage industry in Liberia and spearheaded the establishment of Rural Community Finance Institution in various parts of the country, including areas that had not seen a banking institution before.

Movement for Economic Empowerment (MOVEE)

Currently MOVEE has no website

But you can read more about Dr. Mills Jones here.


Simeon Freeman - Businessman and Standard Bearer for the Movement for Progressive Change (MPC). He is part owner of the Consolidated Group a Liberian communications technology firm that provides DSTV Cable TV service in Liberia.


Movement for Progressive Change (MPC) MPC Facebook Page
8. Jones Nhinson Williams - was born in Southeastern Liberia in the town of Pleebo, Maryland. He has a Master of Science degree with a concentration in International Management, Public Policy and Finance from New York University’s Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. New Liberia Party (NLP) NLP Facebook Page

Joseph Nyumah Boakai (born 30 November 1944) is a Liberian politician who has been Vice President of Liberia since January 2006, serving under President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.

Boakai worked both in the public and private sectors. He worked for the Liberia Produce Marketing Corporation in the 1970s. From 1983 to 1985, he served as Minister of Agriculture under President Samuel Doe.  He later worked as a consultant to the World Bank in Washington and also founded a firm dealing in agricultural equipment and consultancy. He has served as board chairman of the Liberia Wood Management Corporation and of the Liberia Petroleum Refining Company.

Unity Party (UP) Currently UP has no website
10. Prince Yormie Johnson born 6 July 1952 is a Liberian politician and the current Senior Senator from Nimba County. A former rebel leader, Johnson played a prominent role in the First Liberian Civil War, in particular capturing, torturing, and executing President Samuel Doe. Movement for Democracy and Reconstruction (MDR) Currently MDR has no website.

Dr. Jeremiah Z. Whapoe is from Nimba County and was born in Monrovia on June 28, 1968.  He graduated from the William V. S. Tubman High School in 1988 .

He obtained a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from the College of Office Technology in Chicago. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, a Master of Social Work with emphasis in Community Health and Urban Development. While in the United States, Dr. Whapoe worked for both government and private institutions.

Vision for Liberia Transformation (VOLT) VOLT Website

Augustine Kpehe Ngafuan born April 7, 1970 served from 2012 to 2015 as the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Liberia, in the administration of President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf.Ngafuan was Minister of Finance for Liberia during Johnson-Sirleaf's first term, and was then appointed as Foreign Minister at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on January 17, 2012. He resigned his post as Foreign Minister which took effect on October 10, 2015, in order to be eligible to contest the presidential and general elections in 2017. 

Joined Victory for Change (VCF) but has not been announced as the Standard Bearer of the party No Political party announced and no website
Others who have expressed interest in running in the 2017 Elections but have not been associated with a Political Party

Amara Mohammed Konneh is a former Minister of Finance and former Minister of Planning and Economic Affairs.

Konneh studied Public Administration for one year at Harvard University. He holds a graduate degree in Management Information Systems from Penn State University, and an undergraduate degree from Drexel University.

He served as one of President’s Sirleaf closest advisor.



No Political party announced and no website

Leymah Gbowee- co-winner of Nobel Peace prize

Not sure of Leyman Gbowee presidential aspiration, TLC Africa researchers found only one site that listed her as a political aspirant.

  No Political party announced and no 2017 Election website
15. Kwame Clement- A former broadcast Journalist and lawyer.   Read more about Kwame A. Clements at the Checago Bright site

Other Political Parties

16. All Liberia Coalition Party (ALCOP)      
17. Alliance of Peace and Democracy (ADP)      
18. Grassroot Democratic Party of Liberia (GDPL)      
19. Liberia Transformation Party (LTP)      

National Democratic Coalition (NDC)

Coalition between the Free Democratic Party (FDP) & the New DEAL Movement.

Ambassador Nathaniel Milton Barnes officially crossed carpet from the Liberia Destiny Party (LDP) to the Free Democratic Party (FDP), one of the two political parties that is currently part of the National Democratic Coalition (NDC).    
21. People's Unification Party (PUP)      
22. True Whig Party (TWP)      
23. Union of Liberian Democrats (ULD)      

Cllr. Marcus Jones - Counselor Jones, is chief executive officer of the Jones and Associate Law Firm.

In October 2012, The Supreme Court further ruled that Cllr. Jones who is also a professor of law at the Lewis Arthur Grimes School of Law be suspended for at least five years from practice directly or indirectly for misapplying US$62K entrusted to him by his client.

Victory for Change (VFC)