LIBERIA: Is Electoral Law Broken? As Liberty Party Bassa candidate allegedly using foreign musicians to woo electorates

Grand Bassa County over the weekend was a scene of gospel musical festivity hosted by once defeated Unity Party candidate now Liberty Party’s 2014 ‘MAN,’ Jonathan Kaipay.

Kaipay brought into the country a Norwegian gospel musical group called Mosaic for a musical extravaganza in an effort to woo electorates for the upcoming 2014 senatorial election.

Mr.Kaipay currently runs the Department of Community Services (DCS) of the United Methodist Church, a program fully sponsored by funds from the Norwegian Government.

The Methodist Church is yet to take a definitive position against Mr.Kaipay running a humanitarian program as well as being a politician.

Electoral Laws of Liberia as well as the nation’s constitution clearly frown on foreign persons or nations influencing political decisions or funding campaigns.

Article 82b ‘No political party or organization may hold or possess any funds or other assets outside of Liberia; nor may they or any independent candidates retain any funds or assets remitted or sent to them from outside Liberia unless remitted or sent by Liberian citizens residing abroad. Any funds or other assets received directly or indirectly in contravention of this restriction shall be paid over or transferred to the Elections Commission within twenty-one days of receipt. Information on all funds received from abroad shall be filed promptly with the Elections Commission.’

Speaking via telephone, the Liberty Party candidate whose endorsement comes alive this weekend in Bassa revealed that a musical team was in Liberia from Norway and paraded around churches in the county but they had not come to canvass for him.

He said all his eight years of service to the Methodist church he has raised over eight million dollars in sponsoring major projects and will continue to do that.

‘As a part of my many visits abroad, I see a wonderful musical group and bring them home to revive the souls of my people, is that what is called campaign?’ he shouted.

Every effort to have the Consulate office of the Norwegian government in Liberia respond to said allegation proved fruitless as their contact number 0777364121 was continuously on voice mail; however, our office left an email, hoping  to get a response before our next edition.

By Robert Haynes

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