Politicians Reject Use Of Microphone Over Ebola Fear

A meeting of the National Elections Commission (NEC), political party and independent candidates degenerated into a scene of fear over Ebola transmission through a microphone that was being shared by all speakers.
According to the Liberia News Agency, after the meeting was called to order by the NEC Chairman Jerome Korkoyah, who elaborated on the agenda, the floor was immediately opened for discussions.
After several participants made their inputs using a microphone, the atmosphere suddenly changed when one participant raised concerns over the possible danger of spreading the Ebola virus with several people holding and speaking through one microphone.  
“We are all holding this one microphone to speak,” the politician alarmed. “We have to be careful before we contract Ebola because that is how the virus can also spread from person-to-person,” he said.
The NEC boss and many of the participants immediately realized the logic of the argument and everyone in the hall immediately decided that the microphone be placed back on its stand at the podium.
The microphone was immediately recalled, and all the remaining participants went on the platform and made their contributions without the microphone.
Meanwhile, those that previously held the microphone, ordered a can of sanitizer which was circulated among the audience with everybody eager to have a drop in their palm.


Author: D K Sengbeh

Danicius Kaihenneh Sengbeh (author of Sengbeh's Weblog) is a respected and renowned Liberian journalist, poet and writer with with journalism experience since 2001, of working both as a mainstream journalist and a communication/media consultant in Liberia. He is Secretary General of the Press Union of Liberia (elected Dec 2013). He was Assistant Secretary General of the Union Dec 2011 to Dec 2013. He is also Editor-In-Chief of The Informer Newspaper—one of Liberia’s credible dailies. Before joining the Informer, Danicius had served as reporter, chief reporter, sub-editor and News Editor at The Independent Newspaper between 2002 and 2006. Before then, he was reporter at the defunct Patriot Newspaper and Kiss FM 2001-2002. Danicius is a UN Media Fellow and Liberia’s first UN Medal Award-winning journalist for his contribution to journalism and for being the second Liberian journalist in 15 years to qualify for and successfully attended the United Nations’ Reham Al-Farra Memorial Journalist Fellowship Program in New York and Geneva, Switzerland in 2012. He earned a Bachelor’s of Arts Degree in Mass Communication and Sociology from the University of Liberia and a Diploma in Journalism from the International School of Journalism. He holds several awards and recognitions both in and outside of journalism, and carries dozens of certificates in journalism and communication from studies in Ghana, China, United States and Switzerland, among others. He volunteers as Chair of the Information and Communication Committee of his local Bardnersville community. He can be quickly reached via (+231) 886586531/777586531/777464018/ dakasen1978@yahoo.com

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