Freeman Wants Imam Council, CSOs to Intervene in NEC-LP Legal Battle

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MPC standard bearer calls for efforts to resolve the current LP-NEC saga to ensure a smooth transition in 2018 while Imam Krayee looks on.

Simeon Freeman, standard bearer of the opposition Movement for Progress Change (MPC), yesterday called on the leadership of the National Imam Council of Liberia, heads of political parties, representatives of civil society organizations and members of the Liberia Council of Churches to intervene in the ongoing legal dispute between the Liberty Party and authorities of the National Elections Commission (NEC) to pave the way for a smooth transition in January 2018.

Freeman made the appeal yesterday during a special consultative meeting that brought together women’s groups, officials of the Independent National Human Rights Commission (INHRC), chiefs from the Traditional Council of Liberia, representatives of the Crusaders for Peace, the National Imam Council of Liberia and representatives of political parties and civil society organizations.

He said he believes that their intervention would help to resolve the current political impasse in order to move the country forward and protect Liberia’s hard earned peace.

Yesterday’s meeting was intended to form a group or union that would engage the various contending parties whose legal actions have now kept the runoff election in limbo.

“Instead of waiting for the outcome of the legal proceedings, it would be important for us to encourage the various parties to come together so that we all can talk with them to find a way around the core issues raised, because the outcome of this process might be more troubling for us, especially the rerun process, for which money is not available,” Freeman said.

Currently, there are 56 election-related cases at the NEC, a number that is likely to rise taking into consideration the number of reports surrounding the poor execution of the October 10 polls.

But, said Freeman,  if it becomes clear that the probability of holding an election is withheld, other parties might do things that would hurt the entire process, noting that intervention remains cardinal to a peaceful transition.

He said while the political impasse continues, prices of basic commodities have escalated, thereby putting businesses in dire straits.

As a result, Freeman said “business people will continue to increase prices in the absence of new commodities on the market. The people will suffer to the extent of what the impact would be at a certain point. I want to appreciate NEC, the legal recourse the Liberty Party took, the decision from the Supreme Court and the action by the Coalition for Democratic Change by remaining peaceful.”

Meanwhile, Ali Krayee, head of the National Imam Council of Liberia, said the council is prepared to work with any institution that wants to harmonize the political impasse between the Liberty Party and the NEC.

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3 COMMENTS

  1. I am greatly surprised to hear of and calls for intervention between the Liberty Party and NEC.
    I mean why Liberians are like that? You mean the Liberians do not want the Law of the country
    to function? It is very ridiculous that some educated Liberians are acting this way. Why they do
    want to Law to take its course to serve as precedent for the future?

    I now can see the reason why Liberians are dishonored and scorn abroad, no respect for them
    at all. I think this the reason why! In fact, Liberty Party and other parties are not stupid to allow
    such a scornful behavior at all. To let such a crucial elections intended to shape the future of
    Liberia and themselves that President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf erupted into chaos and disastrous
    should never be left alone. Let Liberty Party fight to remove the stains of Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf.
    Enough is enough of Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf. She established, financed, trained and executed the
    war that saw fellow innocent Liberians loss their lives! She should not be allowed to disrupt
    the elections and go free. The elections must be rerun, ,period!

  2. P. Allison Tarlue, Sr. November 14, 2017 at 3:20 am

    I am greatly surprised to hear of and calls for intervention between the Liberty Party and NEC.
    I mean why Liberians are like that? You mean the Liberians do not want the Law of the country
    to function? It is very ridiculous that some educated Liberians are acting this way. Why they do
    want to Law to take its course to serve as precedent for the future?

    I now can see the reason why Liberians are dishonored and scorn abroad, no respect for them
    at all. I think this the reason why! In fact, Liberty Party and other parties are not stupid to allow
    such a scornful behavior at all. To let such a crucial elections intended to shape the future of
    Liberia and themselves that President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf erupted into chaos and disastrous
    should never be left alone. Let Liberty Party fight to remove the stains of Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf.
    Enough is enough of Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf. She established, financed, trained and executed the
    war that saw fellow innocent Liberians loss their lives! She should not be allowed to disrupt
    the elections and go free. The elections must be rerun, ,period!

  3. There appears to be a balance here. Liberia is a fragile country, the 2nd poorest in the world, additionally it is a country mired by a bloody civil war in its recent past. This is a delicate issue because within little over two months, the present administration terms expires leaving the Speaker of the House of Representation as Acting President if no elections were held.

    We want to avoid civil disorder. With escalating prices of basic commodities in a country of over 80% unemployment, this can trigger civil disorder.

    Can we establish that even if additional percentages were added to the other presidential candidates, they’ll be far behind BOAKAI and WEAH? Where can we find “common sense” approaches to this potentially “grave problem”? Why? Because if things erupt into “DISASTER”, all the accusations of “CHEATING,etc” will be meaningless when people are protecting their lives and possibly property as well.

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