Having challenged the eligibility of several candidates of the ruling Unity Party (UP), to contest the pending special senatorial elections, Sinoe County, District #3 Representative Matthew Zarzar has been heavily criticized by executives of the party.
Rep. Zarzar, a UP executive, wrote a complaint against presidential appointed officials that won their primaries and were qualified by the National Elections Commission (NEC) to contest the special senatorial elections.
In his complaint, the Sinoe Lawmaker claimed that the officials continue to perform their executive functions in contravention of part five of the 2014 Code of Conduct Act.
He said it was wrong for presidential appointees who were elected by their parties to contest the elections to continue performing their executive functions.
Besides, he said, the National Elections Commission should furnish him with the full names of all public officials who are in that category.
However, an executive of the party, who addressed journalists on Tuesday, September 2, described the lawmaker’s action as “disappointing and an act of complete dishonesty.”
Atty. Miller Catakaw said, they were shocked and disappointed by the manner in which their executive was going about challenging his own members, who are senatorial candidates of the party.
“Why would the party executive challenged his colleagues?” Atty. Catakwa wondered.
He went to say; “It was the party that made him a representative; we all rallied around him, to get him to where he is. How would he fight others and the party’s decision.”
According to the lawyer, Zarzar’s complaint to the NEC has been dismissed.
“NEC said that the complaint lacked substance, because he filed it after the constitutional period provided for an individual to challenge the candidacy of an aspirant,” Atty. Catakwa asserted, quoting NEC’s ruling.
“His action has brought the party into public ridicule. He benefited from the party and does not want other executives to enjoy similar opportunity,” the UP lawyer emphasized.
“Rep. Zarzar is enjoying [benefits] from the party and is now trying to undermine the efforts of other executives.” The lawyer added, “We are surprised by the UP executive’s action. He benefited from the arrangement of the party and now he is fighting other partisans from enjoying similar [gestures].”
Lamenting the behavior of Rep. Zarzar at the time the nation is fighting against the deadly Ebola virus, Atty. Catakwa said, “Instead of worrying about measures to defeat the Ebola virus that is killing our people, he is going about fighting his own partisans.