The New Dawn (Monrovia)

31 January 2013

Liberia: Uncertainty Hangs Over ANC

The Alternative National Congress (ANC), a proposed political party seems to be entangled by discontentment and uncertainties as it seeks accreditation from the National Elections Commission (NEC) as a full-ledge political party.

Members of the organizing committee of the party are reportedly uneasy and doubtful about the trend threaded by Interim Chairman Lafayette Orishall Gould regarding the conduct of its affairs.

Insiders, who accused Gould of been a "skimmer and dictator", told this paper Wednesday in Monrovia that they are being kept in the dark with respect to the institution's registration process and other activities.

According to the insiders, the main contention is the publication of the party's membership claimed to have been done by Chairman Gould as required by the election laws, but unable to displayed copies of such publications during series of meetings.

"About US$2,000.00 was collected for this process, but we cannot see any results- one of the major requirements of political party registration with NEC is the canvassing for membership in 6 of the 15 counties in Liberia," an annoyed insider said.

"Having collected those names", another insider continued, "they must be published in not less than 2 or 3 daily papers to accompany other requirements for submission to the NEC."

"Despite our request asking Chairman Gould to bring forward the publications he claimed to have made and submitted to NEC, he is yet to do so, and this is making many of us apprehensive," another source noted.

According to them, they were curious to know the date, month and names of the local daily newspapers in which the publications were made so as to have access for future reference.

In reaction, Gould could not deny nor confirm the discontentment and uncertainty, but quickly stated that it was the work of detractors, and that the process of ANC's registration has gone 95 percent.

Though he claimed to have had an official receipt, he could not state whether it was NEC or the newspapers. He told this paper that ANC's accreditation process with NEC was on course, but went into oblivion without any information since returning from canvassing for membership from six of the fifteen counties of Liberia.

"The issue of the publication of membership listing from the counties is on course, and is the last result on the book in accordance with NEC's requirements," Gould lamented.

Members of the organizing committee claimed have to been informed by Gould about the publications, but there's been no documentary evident from the chairman.

But when contacted last evening, the national Elections Commission, through its Director of Information and Outreach, Joey Kennedy confirmed the submission of a listing of five hundred members from each of the six counties by the proposed ANC.

According to Mr. Kennedy, as part of the process, the party is also required by NEC to publish the membership listing submitted to it in the local dailies-something it is yet to do. He said the essence of the publications is to afford Liberians in the six counties the opportunity for verification.

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