With 33 days to the conduct of the October 10, 2017 general and presidential elections, the opposition Liberty Party (LP), along with 15 other political parties in the pending electoral process have been blamed for violation of the Liberian constitution, specially, Article 83(d) by the National Elections Commission.
Article 83 (d) of the 1986 Constitution of Liberia states that “Every political party shall, on September 1, of each year, and every candidate of such political party and every independence candidate shall, and not later than thirty days prior to the holding of an election in which he is a candidate, publish and submit to the Elections Commission detailed statements of assets and liabilities”.
The constitutional provision also indicates that “These shall include the enumeration of sources of funds and other assets, plus list of expenditures. Where the filing of such statements are made in an election year, every political party and independent candidate shall be required to file with the Elections Commission additional supplementary statements of all funds received and expenditures made by them from the date of the elections. Any political party or independent candidate who ceases to function shall publish and submit a final financial statements to the Elections Commission.”
Addressing its regular press conference yesterday, September 6, 2017, at its headquarters, the Chairman of the Commission, Cllr. Jerome Korkoya disclosed that of the 26 certified political parties in the country, only nine parties have so far complied with said provision of the Liberian constitution.
NEC Chairman at the press conference named the nine political parties that complied with the constitution provisions as the Grassroots Democratic Party of Liberia, the Movement for Economic Empowerment, All Liberia Coalition Party, Coalition for Democratic Change, and the People’s Unification Party. He said others that in compliance with the law the ruling Unity Party, Liberia Transformation Party, and the Alternative National Congress.
Political parties which the NEC said are yet to comply with the law were identified as Liberty Party of Cllr. Charles W. Brumskine, Movement for Democracy and Reconciliation of Senator Prince Johnson, Liberian People’s Party of Dr. H. Boima Fahnbulleh, Liberia Restoration Party of Macdella Cooper, Movement for Progressive Change of Simon Freeman, Change for Democratic Action of Wendell McIntosh, Democratic Justice Party of Gbombadee I Wiles. Others are Coalition for Liberia’s Progress, Liberia National Union, True Whig Party, New Liberia Party, Union of Liberian of Democrats, Victory for Change and Vision for Liberia.