In an effort to restore its legitimacy in the Liberian political landscape as well as repair its damaged reputation resulting from the power struggle within its ranks, the executive committee of the NPP has reassured all of its partisans that the party is doing all it can to restore its relationship with the NEC.
Recently the National Elections Commission (NEC) suspended the National Patriotic Party (NPP), due to the failure of Cllr. Theophilus Gould’s leadership of the party to conduct a biennial convention to elect officials of the secretariat.
In a letter to Cllr. Gould, the Chairman of NEC, Cllr. Jerome Korkoya, said the NPP would not be permitted to participate in any activities organized, conducted, or supervised by the Commission.
The letter further stated that the Commission would not permit the NPP— under the Chairmanship of Cllr. Gould— to attend any program of the Commission. In addition, the Commission would not honor any candidate listing endorsed by Cllr. Gould to contest any election(s) organized by the Commission.
The Commission noted that it has all authority to take further steps against the NPP in keeping with law.
The NEC believes that the failure of Chairman Gould to organize the biennial convention, at which elections for the secretariat of the NPP would be held as required by the Constitution of the Party, renders the secretariat illegitimate and its administrative control singularly illegitimate and incomplete.
In a press statement issued recently on deliberations at the NPP party Headquarters in Sinkor, Monrovia, the National Vice Chairman for Administration and Former Vice President of Liberia, Mr. John D. Gray, who presided over the meeting said, everything must be done to bring the party in line with its constitution and the National Elections Commission’s requirement.
Party’s members present, including its national executives and stalwarts, expressed regrets that Cllr. Gould has brought the party to level of humiliation and embarrassment.
The release said that the National Elections Commission notified Cllr. T.C. Gould as Chairman of the National Patriotic Party that until the party is operated within its constitution and the National Elections Commission mandate to hold Biennial convention implemented; the NEC will desist from all interactions with the party.
The NEC also declared the NPP Secretariat illegitimate.
In this light, a committee was appointed to be chaired by Mr. Tom Woewiyou, to organize the party’s Biennial convention, the convention date was approved for the 9th to the 11th of January 2014.
The National Executive Committee reassures all partisans that all efforts are underway to restore the party relationship with the NEC prior to the Senatorial Election next year.
The Commission recently suspended all dealings with the NPP due to what the electoral governing body described as “the failure of Cllr. Theophilus Gould’s leadership of the party to conduct a biennial convention to elect officials of the secretariat.”