Executives of the Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) have confirmed that the party will not feed any candidate in Grand Kru County for the Special Senatorial Election.
CDC announced over the weekend that its local Chapter in Grand Kru is unable to put up a candidate for the October poll based on the inability of the sole-registered aspirant Cllr. Amos Y. Bartu to turnout at the primaries in Maryland County for the Southeastern Region.
As a result of Cllr. Bartu’s no-show, the party’s executives confirmed that “he has therefore been disqualified upon the decision of the National Executive Committee.”
Henceforth, CDC declared; “any further decision relative to the CDC’s participation in Grand Kru’s senatorial election will be made by the Executive Committee in consultation with our political leader, Amb. George Weah.”
However, credible sources closed to CDC hinted that the party has lost interest in putting up a candidate in the county.
The reason behind this, our sources said, is that “CDC has been very inactive in that part of the country over the years. The CDC’s political leader, Amb. Weah, is a native of the county and standing in the election for another county [other than] his birth county could be another factor. CDC wants formidable candidates in this Special Election and we have to search for candidates who are popular with their people.”
CDC executives are unclear as to whether the party will partner with other political parties or independent candidates in order to contest the vacant seat surrendered by incumbent Senator Cletus Wotorson, who goes into retirement come January 2015.
Meanwhile, CDC has announced the creation of a “technical working committee to launch a formal investigation into the disputed Maryland County primary.”
Those named to the committee are, Cllr. Sayma Cyrenius Cephus Chairman, Myers Beatty Co-Chairman, Representative Munah Pelham-Youngblood Secretary and Amb. Harry Tarr-Freeman, Advisor to the committee.
Others include, Sylvester Williams, Jr., Franklin Wisseh and Pauline Weah-Nyafor.
The Special Committee is charged with the responsibility to probe allegation of irregularities in the Harper Primary in which reports from the County suggest that Representative Bhofal Chambers won majority of the votes.
According to CDC, Cllr. Cephus’ committee is to make formal and informal inquiries into the Harper primary and seek information from anyone in an effort to assist the investigation.
CDC believes the Committee’s findings would be pivotal to the party's diretion. The committee is expected to report to the National Executive Committee within seven days with findings of the investigation.