The Liberian Council of Churches (LCC), three weeks ago constituted a special committee to consult with stakeholders on the feasibility of holding the 2014 Special Senatorial Elections.
The committee, headed by LCC first vice president, Rev. Dr. Kortu K. Brown includes, Catholic Archbishop Lewis Jerome Zeigler, Lutheran Bishop Jensen Senyenkulo, United Methodist special assistant to the Bishop, Samuel Quire, and former LCC general secretary Benjamin D. Lartey, among others.
During the committee’s first engagement with the National Elections Commission (NEC), the Elections Chairman Jerome Korkoya informed them that of the number of those consulted, a majority prefer to hold elections early to avoid a constitutional crisis.
The LCC on November 4, 2014, met with some political parties at its Sinkor, Monrovia headquarters in continuation of its consultative initiative. According to the LCC, all the parties present were divided over the holding of elections, amid concerns about the ongoing Ebola crisis as well as the moral and constitutional concerns.
For example, the National Democratic Coalition (NDC), National Patriotic Party (NPP) and Movement for Progressive Change (MPC) all opposed holding the Special Senatorial Elections before the expiry term of the incumbent Senators, based on the moral concerns.
“We cannot hold elections while Ebola is killing our people,” they argued, and suggested that the elections be suspended until the Ebola virus is eradicated from the country. The NDC, meanwhile, called for the holding of a sovereign national conference to resolve the election problem.
On the other hand, the Alternative National Congress (ANC), People’s United Party (PUP), Congress for Democratic Change (CDC), Victory For Change (VFC) and the Alliance for Peace and Democracy (APD) opted for the elections in December 2014 to avoid a constitutional crisis. They foresee a serious constitutional problem if the elections were not held before the resumption of the National Legislature in January 2015.
CDC argued that those calling for a postponement of the senatorial elections have not offered a clear solution to resolve the predicted constitutional crisis.
The Unity Party, Liberty Party and several others, did not attend the consultation.
Meanwhile, the LCC says it will continue its consultations during the week. This will include the holding of a special prayer service on Friday, November 14th, 2014 at the Old Providence Baptist Shrine to pray against Ebola and insecurity in the country. This will be the 11th edition of the LCC Weekly mid-day Prayer Campaign against Ebola.