Amid the ongoing debate about whether or not to hold the special senatorial election come December 16, a majority of the political parties has pledged support to the National Elections Commission (NEC) for the election to be held as scheduled.
During a press conference held at the NEC headquarters in Monrovia, Cllr. Joseph K. Jallah, read the position statement on behalf of the twelve political parties wanting the elections to go ahead.
He said the group twelve had no part in what he described as “the unwarranted and unjustified action” by the Movement for Progress Change (MPC), National Democratic Coalition (NDC) and Blamo Nelson and others referring to themselves as “Eminent Citizens.
“We cannot reverse the democratic process. All political parties, including NDC and MPC participated fully in the consultations leading to the new date for holding elections. The petition does not therefore represent the view of the majority of registered political parties,” Cllr. Jallah argued.
Cllr. Jallah said, in voicing the genuine wishes of the critical mass of the Liberian people, the Supreme Court needs to expeditiously dispose of the matter pending before it. He urged the Supreme Court to listen to the voice of the majority of political parties and the citizenry of Liberia.
“Moreover, we caution the highest court in the land against what seems to be an attempt by some unprepared individuals, the MPC and the NDC, to drag the Supreme Court into what could be construed as interference with functions that the 1986 constitution of Liberia has rightly assigned to the Executive and legislative branches of Government.”
The statement by the group of 12 also called on all political party leaders, the rank and file, foot soldiers of all political parties and citizens en masse to assemble on the grounds of the Temple of Justice today at 8am.
The statement also denied the petitioners’ reference using the outbreak of the Ebola virus as a justification for cancelling the Special Senatorial Elections as “illogical and baseless at this time”.
It emphasized that the twelve parties are of the firm conviction that holding of the special senatorial elections will prevent an even bigger constitutional crisis when the tenures of 15 senators expire in January 2015.
The statement reminded the public that the various political parties participated in all of the consultations during which the vast majority of the parties and civil society organizations agreed for the special senatorial elections to be conducted on December 16, 2014 in order to save the democratic process.
“We see no rationale for a national conference when, the people have spoken through their representatives in the legislature. Their voice was echoed loudly through a Joint Resolution of the legislature mandating the National Elections Commission to conduct the Special Senatorial Election on December 16 this year.”
Cllr. Jallah argued that the lifting of the State of Emergency, which had prevented the holding of the elections on October 14, 2014, is sufficient proof that the atmosphere does exist now for holding the delayed elections.
The Lofa Senatorial aspirant said, “Facts available to us suggest that this process can be conducted with adherence to the safety measures provided by the World Health Organization (WHO), the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (MOH&SW) and other international partners to prevent the spread of the disease.
“According to him, the undersigned political parties are committed to adhering to all of the Ebola prevention measures instituted by the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare and its international partners.
Witnessing the conference were, Unity Party, Wilmot Paye, National Patriotic Party, Andrew Peters, Congress for Democratic Change, Nathaniel Mcgill, Alternative National Congress, O. Gould, Liberty Party, All Liberia Coalition Party of Liberia (ALCOP) and People’s Unification Party (PUP) among others.