By J K K Peah
The first presidential debate in a series of debate to be held before the October 10th election of Liberia was held yesterday with four presidential candidates squaring up in the city of Paynesville, outside the outskirts of Monrovia, the Liberian capital.
In a poll conducted by this institution, “The New Dispensation” immediately after the Presidential debate, overwhelmingly finds that Mr. Alexander B. Cummings, Jr, a new comer to politics who retired from Coco Cola World Corporation last March and running for President on the ticket of the Alternative National Congress-ANC party, won the debate, winning 56.9%, representing 33 respondents, followed by a distant second place finisher, Cllr Charles Brumskine of the Liberty Party, taking 27.59%, representing 16 respondents.
A total of 58 respondents participated in the poll and the Vice President of Liberia, Joseph Boakai of the Unity Party came third, winning 12.07% of the respondents and Mr. Benoni Urey, a Liberian businessman of the “All Liberians Party” coming last taking a single digit of 3.45% , representing just 2 respondents of the 58 respondents who participated in the poll.
In the poll, respondents were asked the question, “Who Do You Believe Won the Liberia 2017 First Presidential Debate”? The poll was conducted online and shared with 61 Liberian social media platforms, including Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram with Liberian Facebook groups accounting for 99.9% of the respondents with the poll accumulatively reaching over 450,000 Liberians on these platforms.
Four Presidential candidates took part in the first presidential debate, out of the 22 candidates vying for Presidency of Liberia with no explanation from the debate organizers, “Deepening Democracy Coalition” the reason other candidates did not attend the debate.