Four days after Macdella Cooper was elected on a white ballot by partisans of the Union of Liberian Democrats (ULD) as its standard bearer, the Civil Law Court ‘A’ yesterday placed a stay order on the entire election process.
Madam Cooper was elected along with several other candidates at a just ended national convention the ULD conducted on Saturday, April 22 in Monrovia.
The court and authorities of the National Election Commission (NEC) had earlier warned the party not to carry out the election.
The stay order now means Madam Cooper and other elected officials of the ULD will not be recognized as people to lead the party pending the outcome of a hearing that Judge Yussif Kaba has scheduled for Monday, May 1.
Kaba’s decision was due to a request filed to the court by Jonathan A. Mason, standard bearer of the ULD, and several executives who sought the court’s intervention for a “Petition for Declaratory Judgment.”
In their complaint, Mason alleged that on April 19 the national executive committee of the party met in a special session and took a decision that the ULD was not prepared to hold the convention on Saturday, April 22.
Mason further alleged that the decision was based on the lack of proper preparation that will provide a level playing field for all the contestants.
That action was also to ensure the adequate provision of needed logistics for the smooth conduct of the party’s 3rd national convention.
“It was unanimously agreed that the convention which was previously scheduled for April 22 must be postponed,” the complainant noted.
In total disregard to the NEC resolution, Mason claimed that the acting national chairman, Solomon G. Khan, defiantly decided to hold the convention on April 22, “where they elected officials including the standard bearer, chairman, vice chairman, general secretary and others.”
The document also alleges that on April 20, the ULD through it secretary general and other officials sent a communication to NEC complaining that acting chairman Solomon G. Khan is unilaterally planning to hold the party’s annual convention in sharp contravention of the decision reached by the NEC on April 19.
They claimed that in response to that communication, the NEC wrote Khan, which letter was signed by NEC’s Director of Public Affairs Joseph Yarsiah advising Khan “to refrain from all activities in connection with the holding of ULD’s planned convention on April 22 pending the resolution of the matter.”
Unfortunately, they alleged in the complaint, Khan went ahead to hold the convention that “illegally and unconstitutionally elected Madam Cooper as standard bearer and other officials.”