MONROVIA: A dedicated graduate student pursuing a Law degree at Hamline University is fervently advocating for ethical leadership, genuine national development, and the protection of press freedom in Liberia, all of which can be made possible when the electorates make the right choice at the ballot box.
During a recent address to a group of Liberians in Minnesota, Mr. Austin S. Fallah urged the Liberian electorate to make well-informed choices during the upcoming elections. He emphasized the importance of voting for candidates who have demonstrated their love for Liberia through faithful service to the people and the country.
Highlighting the indispensable role of press freedom in a thriving democracy and the active participation of the people, Mr. Fallah stressed that an informed and engaged citizenry is essential for holding leaders accountable and ensuring transparency in governance.
He emphasized that protecting the press from censorship and intimidation is paramount for fostering an open society where citizens can freely express their opinions and actively participate in shaping the nation’s future.
As the current President and former Vice President of the Graduate Students Association (H++) of Hamline University, Mr. Fallah underscored that this election cycle provides an opportunity for Liberians to elect leaders who prioritize the welfare of all citizens and are genuinely committed to national development across economic, political, and social spheres.
He firmly believes that true champions of democracy are those who prioritize the well-being of disadvantaged citizens and possess the moral integrity to drive genuine progress for the entire nation.
Reflecting on past governance and the current state of affairs under the Weah government, Mr. Fallah pointed out the failures of previous administrations and the current one, emphasizing their indulgence in unethical behavior.
He called for accountability for those who have misused public funds and stressed the need for restitution and justice through Liberia’s legal system, with the support of the international community that upholds justice and human rights.
Regarding his political aspirations, Mr. Fallah disclosed that he has chosen to complete his education before making any decisions. However, he reaffirmed his dedication to a corruption-free Liberia and expressed his willingness to contribute to the country’s progress in the future.
Regarding endorsements for a presidential candidate, Mr. Fallah asserted that his support would only be extended to individuals prioritizing Liberia’s interests and its people.
He spoke highly of the potential political showdown between Cllr. Gongloe and Vice President Boakai should there be a second round in the upcoming October 10, 2023, elections. Both candidates, he believes, possess reputable characters and capabilities that could bring about socioeconomic development to Liberia, restore international trust, and position the nation among respected communities of countries.
With a strong belief in proven leadership, integrity, and a track record of sound decision-making, free from corruption and human rights abuses, Mr. Fallah urged his fellow citizens to vote wisely. He envisioned a Liberia characterized by ethical leadership, genuine development, and prosperity for all Liberians.
As a well-educated professional holding degrees from prestigious American universities, Mr. Fallah remains dedicated to his vision for Liberia’s future.
He passionately advocates for a nation where press freedom is protected, people’s participation is valued, and leaders genuinely serve the country and its people.
Mr. Fallah’s inspiring message serves as a reminder of every citizen’s critical role in shaping Liberia’s destiny. By upholding the principles of ethical leadership and genuine national development and protecting press freedom, Liberia can pave the way toward a brighter and more prosperous future for all its citizens.
In addition, Mr. Fallah urged the government to issue a proclamation and for his fellow Liberians to observe a national moment of silence on Election Day to honor the brave individuals who fought for the fundamental right to vote freely.
This opportunity to cast their ballots and choose their representatives was not feasible during the 1800s and 1900s, with some restrictions even lasting until 2003.
“Let us come together to commemorate their sacrifices and celebrate our progress toward a more democratic society,” Fallah said in a press release.