As the ruling Unity Party just ended National Convention which took place in the central City of Gbarnga,Bong County with speeches made to delegates and observers on how it will sweep the upcoming 2017 general and presidential elections, some opposition political parties have reportedly resolved to petition the National Elections Commission regarding the early campaign of the ruling Unity Party ahead of the schedule time.
Early this the year, the National Elections Commission of Liberia warned political parties and individuals against early campaign activities ahead of the 2017 general and presidential elections. NEC further indicated in a statement that some political parties and individuals desiring to seek political offices during the forthcoming 2017 General Elections have been engaged in pre-campaign activities in violation of Chapter VI, Section 6 of the 2014 guidelines relating to the Registration of Political Parties and Independent Candidates.
In this background, some opposition political parties including the Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) of Senator George Weah and the Liberia People’s Democratic Party of Liberia (LPDPL) of House Speaker Alex Tyler have raised their voices that the ruling Unity Party has violated the NEC calls not to carry out early campaign.
The two opposition political parties in their respective public statements called on the NEC to take action against the ruling Unity Party for violating its rules, the statements further said the just ended National Convention of the UP showcase its platform following the newly elected Standard Bearer who is Vice President of Liberia used the occasion to inform his partisans of his desire to capture the leadership of the nation.
The election laws of Liberia forbid pre-election campaign activities when the National elections Commission or NEC has not announced and authorized the period for such activities. Again, the NEC may be fully abreast of these developments in many of the counties, but may be pretending as if it is not aware.
Already electorates who are warming up to choose their leader come 2017 are somehow downhearted due to the increased number of political parties which are now approaching 40, and the deliberate refusal of some of these political parties to collaborate is pondering some Liberians who spoke to our staff, noting that many of them are not up to serious business.
“You highly hear that there is something call election around the corner, despite the huge number of political parties queuing out for the 2017, nothing much is been heard about these so call opposition political parties,” Solo Dweh, a resident of central Monrovia in a chat with our reporter noted.