14 February 2013

Liberia: ANC Reacts to New Dawn, But...

The proposed Alternative National Congress (ANC) has reacted to New Dawn's (Friday, 1 February 2013) publication captioned: "Uncertainty Hangs Over CDC Breakaway."

ANC Chairman Lafayette Orishall Gould

The ANC's Organizing Committee in a statement released in Monrovia said it found no evidence of truth in claims over its registration process.

The statement issued under the signature of Thomas Sie-Wade Neufville, Deputy Secretary General for Administration, stated that ANC wishes to label characterization of the Chairman as completely ludicrous and incorrect.

"The NEC (National Executive Committee) views the entire article as a propaganda ploy instituted by detractors and embarrassed members of the society intimidated by the progress and stability seen within the ranks and file of the ANC," it noted.

The proposed party maintained that its registration process is well on-course and in its final stages.

"We also want to express our appreciation to the National Elections Commission (NEC) for the professional manner in which the party's registration process is being handled," the statement read.

However, the New Dawn stands by the story that indeed, there are discontentment and uncertainties hanging over the ANC's registration process, noting that the issue of the proposed party publishing recruits listing (roster) from six of the 15 counties, cannot be over emphasized as it is part of the requirements of the National Election Commission.

It can be recalled that in 2005, Christian Piah, a civil society activist almost blocked the registration of the Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) after he challenged the party's roster which contained his name without contacting him in the process.

The matter was settled following several appeals from the public.

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