The Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC), Liberia’s largest political party says it will respect the decision of the Supreme Court of Liberia by suspending suspended the holding of the Runoff election that was scheduled by the National Elections Commission (NEC) for Tuesday, November 7, 2017, but further that CDC and its collaborating political parties will accept nothing less than a timely return to these democratic electoral processes, as indicated.
Addressing a news conference today, Wednesday, November 8, 2017 at the headquarters of the Party, the Deputy Campaign Manager of the CDC, Prof. D. Ansu Sonii, Sr., on behalf of the Standard Bearer and the Governing Council of the CDC, and its collaborating political parties said, the Supreme Court suspended the Runoff election in response to a request for a writ of prohibition filed by the Liberty Party and its candidates in the October 10, 2017 elections, and further noted that since the commencement of these electoral activities, the Party has been actively engaged with the political process and operated within the ambit of the Law.
“Guided by the Constitution of Liberia and consistent with the Farmington River Declaration, the CDC has demonstrated commitment to the tenets of democracy and has pledged to a violent-free and peaceful election.” Prof. Sonii delivering the statement in the presence of international election observers currently in the country, local and foreign journalists stressed.
“While respecting the decision of the Supreme Court of the Republic of Liberia placing a Stay Order on the Runoff election, we call on all stakeholders, including the National Elections Commission (NEC), to act timely, in setting back on course the electoral process and get the Runoff election concluded, reflective of the wishes and aspirations of the Liberian people. We make this call in the interest of the country, and for the general good of the people. This is a matter of national urgency needed to avert unanticipated consequences that could attend our failure to do so,” Prof Sonii told the news conference.
He stressed that the leadership of the coalition believe that if the Runoff election is not held to permit transition of power as required by the Constitution, the attending situation could ultimately draw the nation into an unnecessary crisis, adding, “ CDC and its collaborating political parties maintain that the Constitution of Liberia should not be compromised.”
“The Coalition remains committed to a smooth democratic constitutional transition. Any attempt to hijack this process through political artifice, scheming and filibustering, will be rejected by this Coalition of opposition parties in no uncertain terms.
While we await the timely fulfilment of the mandate of the Supreme Court to the National Elections Commission, we call on our partisans, supporters and allies to remain peacefully engaged, law abiding; and ignore all provocations, as the victory of the CDC can only be delayed, but cannot be denied.
Being true to our word, the Coalition and its collaborating political parties, again pledge our renewed commitment to a peaceful, non-violent electoral process, and a timely conclusion thereof, as required by the Constitution and Laws of Liberia.
Notwithstanding, the CDC and its collaborating political parties will not countenance any extra-constitutional, undemocratic governance arrangement at the expiration of the current Unity Party Administration,” the deputy campaign manager of the CDC delivering the statement said.
The Party called on the Mano River Union; the Economic Community of West African States; the African Union; the United Nations; and, the International Community at-large, to take note of the unfolding developments relating to the current electoral process, and do all to ensure that Liberia’s fledgling multiparty democracy is reinforced.
“Once again, we implore the international community, to stand on the side of democracy, with the people of Liberia, so that the ongoing electoral process is successfully and timely brought to a constitutional conclusion, and a Government for the people; by the people; and, of the people, is elected and inaugurated.
Finally, as our Standard Bearer, Senator George Manneh Weah, has repeatedly advised, we call on all partisans and supporters of the CDC; our collaborating political parties; and the Liberian people in general, to remain peaceful, yet vigilant and resolved, while we commit ourselves to the democratic process and await the Runoff election as the Law provides,” the CDC statement concluded.