NPP Crisis Deepens As NEC Rules Conflicting Parties Have ‘No Legitimacy’

The National Elections Commission (NEC) has ruled that the two conflicting groups within the National Patriotic Party (NPP) have no legitimacy to steer the affairs of the party.

The Board of Commissioners of the NEC at a meeting with the conflicting parties Wednesday in Monrovia said in concert with the constitution of the National Patriotic Party, Councilor Theophilus Gould was no longer qualified to serve as chairman of the party because his tenure expired since March this year.

The Randolph Cooper faction, on the other hand, was rendered illegal because it has no legitimacy under the constitution of the NPP to steer the affairs of the party.

The Commission believes that all activities of the NPP should be conducted in line with its constitution.

In order to resolve the long standing conflict within the NPP, the Commission recommended that the two conflicting sides nominate five persons each from which six individuals would be selected to serve as members of the interim leadership of the party.

The interim leadership, according to the NEC decision, would be chaired by a neutral partisan who would be elected by both sides.

The Commission’s decision further noted that in the event that the two sides fail to agree on any neutral partisan to serve as Chairman of the seven-member interim committee, the Commission will nominate a list of between three to five prominent Liberians who are not partisans of the NPP, from which the two sides would be required to choose a Chairman.

The seven member interim committee would be required to take the NPP to convention in December this year in line with the party’s constitution.

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