Urges LP to abandon legal quest
Opposition politician Simeon Freeman, standard bearer of the Movement for Progressive Change (MPC), yesterday urged the Liberty Party (LP) to abandon its legal quest for a rerun of the October 10 elections, in the interest of the state and its people.
A rerun would place additional financial burdens on the government that is already financially overwhelmed, said Freeman.
The LP recently filed a writ of prohibition at the Supreme Court against holding the November 7 runoff Presidential elections in the absence of hearings into the complaint of fraud and irregularities it reportedly observed during the October 10 polls.
At the MPC headquarters in Monrovia yesterday, Freeman told his supporters that the government is broke and therefore cannot underwrite the cost of a new round of elections.
He instead wants LP officials to consider the greater good and understand that Liberia is bigger than anyone’s personal ego.
The MPC standard bearer acknowledged that there were some irregularities during the October 10 polls, which he attributed to “administrative ineptitude,” but said, “All Liberians, be they politicians or not, will have to put Liberia first above self.”
Freeman believes that many of the opposition parties, including the MPC, were hurt by the “so-called irregularities in the just-ended elections,” but said, “All Liberians need for now is to allow the process to go down in history for the peace of Mama Liberia.”
The party leader said he fears that if the LP insists on remaining on the side of legality without adhering to his advice, there would be a constitutional crisis, which would take the country backward in “no uncertain terms.”
Freeman defined a ‘constitutional crisis’ as a conflict in government administration which the political constitution (or other basic principles of operation) of a legal system appears unable to resolve.
“The crisis usually interferes with the orderly operation of government. In general, a constitutional crisis results when factions within a government ideologically disagree about the extent to which each faction holds sovereignty of legally exercised administrative power. Specifically, a constitutional crisis results from internal conflict among the branches of government (executive, legislative, judiciary) or, in a federal system, between the state and federal levels of government,” Freeman explained.
He expressed fear that an interim arrangement would stall Liberia’s progress, peace and stability. “We will be starting all over again if we conduct re-elections,” said Freeman.
A re-election and an interim government arrangement would send the wrong signal to the world that Liberians are unable to transition peacefully, Mr. Freeman warned.
Freeman pleaded with the LP to collaborate with either of the two parties in the runoff election – the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) or the Unity Party (UP), scheduled for Tuesday, November 7, and forget about pursuing a lawsuit at the Supreme Court.