The National Elections Commission (NEC) has announced that it will today accredit the proposed Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) as an independent, single political party among others prepared to contest the pending 2017 representative and presidential elections.
A press release signed by NEC’s Acting Communications Director, Joseph Nyensuah, yesterday said the accreditation ceremony will be held at 3:00 p.m. this afternoon in the compound of the Headquarters of NEC. The accreditation today is as a result of the proposed Coalition for Democratic Change recently submitting its request for its registration to the Commission in accordance with the requirement under chapter 8, section 8.5 of the New Elections Law of Liberia as amended in 2014. The CDC’s request, having being reviewed and approved by the Commission, lays the basis for its certification.
The Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) is a political grouping that comprises of the Congress for Democratic Change (CDC), National Patriotic Party (NPP) and Liberia People Democratic Party (LPDP). The political marriage now existing among the three political parties is geared towards having a formidable opposition political institution whose mission will be solely directed towards democratically denying the Unity Party a third term.
In another development, the NEC will on Friday, December 30 issue the Writ of Election on the Elections Magistrates of Lower Lofa County for the conduct of the By-election in District #1. While on the same trend, aspiring political parties and independent persons wishing to contest the By-election in Lofa’s
District #1 are by order of NEC informed that the nomination process begins on January 3 and will end on the January 13, 2017 at the precise hour of 5:00PM.
It can be recalled that the NEC, on December 7, 2016 received a letter of notification from the Honorable House of Representatives formally requesting the Commission to conduct a By-election in Lofa County District #1 to replace the late Hon. Eugene Fallah Kparkar.