MONROVIA – A few hours to the close of polls in Liberia’s presidential and legislative elections, many Liberians are hailing Montserrado County Senator Abe Darius Dillon, for what they call the lawmaker’s patience to have patiently stood in a long queue along with several other Liberians to cast his vote.
Liberians in their droves have been voting since the opening of polls during the early hours of today, in a process that has been largely peaceful across the country.
Like many other ordinary Liberians, Senator Dillon, who still has approximately six years left before running for re-election, was spotted under the scorching sun, awaiting his term to cast his ballots for his preferred candidates in the presidential, senatorial, and representative elections respectively.
The senator, without using his governmental position to breach protocol at the voting precinct in his favor, eventually voted in Montserrado County, at the Grace Baptist Church School, located at Barnersville, when his term reached, a move Murzota Wreh, a Liberian educationist says humbled him.
“Wow! I’m humbled by this,” Wreh said of Dillon’s deportment at the voting precinct.
John Stevenson Hena, another Liberian, stated that the senator’s demeanor at the voting area today is a rightful exemplary act of a national leader that Liberians have longed for from their leaders following decades of system failure in the country’s governance process leading to longstanding backwardness.
“This is what we hope for our nation after decades of no-system and total backwardness,” noted Hena, indicating that “To see a senator in line waiting to vote, is a motivation to us who yearn for such change.”
Dillon is widely referred to as as “The Light” in the country’s political sphere due to his somewhat straightforward style of politicking, a phenomenon that has been rare in the country for centuries.
Since his incumbency at the Liberian Senate, his advocacies have brought about a semblance of transparency, especially with removing the lid on the workings of that august body and leaving same wide open, with many of their undertakings once shredded in secrecy now being brought to public knowledge.