The President Meter is an independent monitoring tool that enables Liberians and civil society actors to evaluate the performance of President George Manneh Weah and the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) against promises made during and after the election. The meter focuses on promises contained in the CDC’S Manifesto, Presidential Priority Projects, Campaign Speeches and Policy Statements made since President Weah inauguration on January 22, 2018, as the 24th President of the Republic of Liberia.
President Weah’s induction symbolizes the first peaceful democratic transition of power in 73 years. It was the first generational change in national leadership through popular vote since the introduction of universal suffrage in 1951 and the launch of the National Unification and Integration Policy in 1960.
President Weah and the CDC won on the slogan: “Change for Hope” promising equal opportunity for all Liberians. The Party’s Manifesto for Election 2017 outlined four pillars.
- Pillar One: Power to the People
- Pillar Two: Economy and Jobs
- Pillar Three: Sustaining the Peace
- Pillar Four: Governance and Transparency.
Although the President did not participate in any of the public debates attended by other presidential candidates where campaign pledges and promises were presented to the voters; President Weah’s presented his promises through campaign speeches, the CDC Manifesto of 2017 and policy statements. Winning the presidency during the Run-Off Election with 732,185 votes, constituting 61.5% against former Vice President, Joseph Boakai who received 457,579 votes, constituting 38.5%2, his election generated huge expectations among voters, particularly young people.
On January 25, 2018, the President announced Presidential Priority Projects (3Ps) to begin the process of cutting waste, realigning the national budget, and re-purposing resources to address critical challenges in a range of areas relative to the new government’s development plan called the “Pro-Poor Agenda for Prosperity and Development”. In all, 13 projects were identified. The government translated the party’s manifesto into a short-term transition plan, the Pro Poor Agenda for Prosperity and Development (PAPD), this initiative guided the transition from the Agenda for Transformation (AfT) and the Party’s Manifesto to President George Weah’s National Development Plan (PAPD) outlying the four pillars mentioned in the party Manifesto1
The government has promised within the next five years (2019-2023) to address the basic needs of Liberians for income security, better access to basic services, and greater opportunities for self-improvement in an enabling environment that is inclusive and stable which will be at the core of the pro-poor agenda.