The Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) and its collaborating political parties say the National Elections Commission and stakeholders should act timely, in setting back on course the electoral process to avert unanticipated consequences that could attend the failure to do so.
Speaking at a press conference yesterday at the party’s headquarters in Monrovia, Prof. Ansu Sonii, a spokesman for the CDC, said the coalition’s appeal is a matter of national urgency.
He said it is the opinion of the CDC that if the runoff election is not held to permit transition of power as required by the Constitution, the attending situation could ultimately draw the nation into an unnecessary crisis.
“The CDC and its collaborating political parties will accept nothing less than a timely return to these democratic electoral processes, as indicated,” he stated. He warned that the Constitution of Liberia should not be compromised.
Prof. Sonii, however, said the coalition remains committed to a smooth democratic constitutional transition and therefore any attempt to hijack this process through political artifice, scheming and filibustering, will be rejected by the coalition.
“While we await the timely fulfillment of the mandate of the Supreme Court to the National Elections Commission,” he said, “we call on our partisans, supporters, and allies to remain peacefully engaged, law-abiding, and ignore all provocations, as victory of the CDC can only be delayed, but cannot be denied.”
He said, “Being true to our word, the Coalition and its collaborating political parties, again pledge our renewed commitment to a peaceful non-violent electoral process, and a timely conclusion thereof, as required by the Constitution and Laws of Liberia.”
Notwithstanding, he said, the CDC and its collaborating political parties will not allow any extra-constitutional, undemocratic governance arrangement at the expiration of the current Unity Party Administration.
“We are calling on the Mano River Union, the Economic Community of West African States, the African Union, the United Nations and the international communities at-large to take note of the unfolding development relating to the current electoral process, and do all to ensure that Liberia’s fledging multiparty democracy is reinforced,” he stated.
He meanwhile implored the international community, to stand on the side of democracy, with the people of Liberia, so the ongoing process is successfully and timely brought to a constitutional conclusion, and that a government of the people is elected and inaugurated.
Finally, he said, “As our standard bearer, Senator George Manneh Weah, has repeatedly advised, we call on all partisans and supporters of the CDC; our collaborating political parties; and the Liberian people, in general, to remain peaceful, yet vigilant and resolved, while we commit ourselves to the democratic process and await the runoff election as the law provides.”