Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) embattled Chairman George Solo’s quest to retain his position as chairman, has suffered another major setback, as the electoral governing body—National Elections Commission (NEC) — “regrettably dashed his hope.”
CDC on August 5, 2014 addressed NEC stating that its National Executive Committee has taken a decision to remove Solo as chairman.
Under the signature of secretary general Nathaniel McGill, CDC went on to announce that Garblah Williams had been appointed to replace their embattled chairman.
But on August 11, 2014, McGill withdrew his August 5th communication and submitted another communication conveying a decision of the National Executive Committee of CDC reducing Solo’s removal to a suspension and referring him (Solo) to the Grievance and Ethics Committee of party, for investigation into a complaint filed against Solo by some members of the party.
Solo immediately protested his party’s decision before the National Elections Commission for possible redress.
Based on said complaint, NEC launched a probe and held three conferences with parties involved, aimed at resolving the dispute.
In a letter addressed to Solo dated September 19, 2014, NEC for the first time referred to Solo as “Mr. Solo not as Chairman.”
Meaning, the Commission under the law, could no longer protect Solo’s image in this difficult period, a senior partisan of CDC hinted.
NEC regrettably in that letter said, “Amid the claims and counter claims surrounding your removal as chairman of CDC, and consistent with the policy of the Commission, the Board of Commissioners took a decision to refer your letter and other related communications originating from the CDC to oversight Commissioner on Political Affairs and the oversight Commissioner for your party for handing. The purpose of the referral was for two Commissioners to reconcile the two sides to the dispute without the party necessarily restoring to the legal process.”
The Commission informed Solo that responses from parties involved could not help resolve the matter, and as such, the Body decided that “When the Commission registers a political party, that party receives authority to exercise political franchise under relevant provisions of the constitution and laws of Liberia.
“One such franchise is for political parties to adopt an internal democracy that suits their aspiration.
“In the face of such political franchise, the Commission cannot dictate to political parties how to run their day-to-day affairs, in so far as such affairs are conducted within the confines of the law controlling.”
The Commission further told Solo “the purpose for soliciting the constitution, Articles of Incorporation and Rules of political parties in keeping with Section 2.9(m) of the new Elections Law of 1986 is to ensure among others, that those constitutions and roles do not contravene any of the controlling legal instruments of the land. The decision on the implementation of those rules in the application of a political party’s internal democracy is solely the choice of each political party. Of course as a registered corporate entity, internal disagreements on the application of those internal rules are remediable in the courts of Liberia.”
Solo has been instructed to revert to the party in order to have said intra-party resolution in keeping with the party’s standing rules.