The NEWS (Monrovia)

4 January 2013

Liberia: CDC Reinstates Expelled Members

The National Executive Committee of the Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) has granted general amnesty to all expelled members of the party.

The leadership of the party said the amnesty includes those who were expelled for serious constitutional breaches between 2005 and 2012.

In a release, CDC said the decision is in line with the party's By-Laws, code of conduct and constitution, authorizing the National Executive Committee (NEC) as final arbiter in all disciplinary matters within the institution.

"Of equivalent purpose, the leadership, believing that the epitome of all disciplinary actions being deference for the rule of law and the protection of paramount collective interests, holds to the view that an indispensable lesson of noncompliance with impunity has been taught and well served," the CDC noted.

As the party re-embraces its formerly expelled members, it urges all concerned to take advantage of the reprieve to realign with the party's grassroots ideological beliefs, respect the rule of law governing the party, and exert efforts toward confidence building with ordinary partisans, the membership and the National Executive Committee of the establishment through active participation in party programs and activities.

Meanwhile, the party encourages all beneficiaries who desire to take advantage of the amnesty to reaffirm their membership with the organization through the Membership Committee, under the Department of Operations within six months period as of the date of this publication. The party reiterates the importance of this exercise as it is determined to update individual party records with the institution.

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