26 March 2013

Liberia: CDC Calls for Mass Rally Against Kokoya

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Officers of the UN mission helping to control a riot.

The National Executive Committee of the Congress for Democratic Change or CDC is calling for a mass meeting to resist the nomination of National Elections Commission (NEC) Chairman-designate, Cllr. Jerome Kokoya.

"The CDC also obliges the assembly of the leadership and members of the National Youth and Women Leagues, and all domestic auxiliaries and chapters operating within the bailiwick of Montserrado and flanking counties", read a statement issued in Monrovia by the party on Monday.

The nomination of Cllr. Jerome Kokoya, who appeared before the Senate Committee on Commissions and Autonomous Agency last week for confirmation, has been greeted with stiff opposition from the main opposition party here. But during his appearance before the Senate, he prayed the indulgence of the body to confirm him as Chairman of the National Elections Commission (NEC).

Kokoya told the Senators that he has denounced his membership with the Unity Party since the end of the 2011 Elections, saying "As to the question about my independence and partisanship, I resigned from the Unity Party since January 2011, so I have no political affiliation. I am a lawyer by profession."

Further commenting on the issue, he added: "I realized during my years as a politician that I was not a politician because, I didn't do or say what many politicians will do and say; I had an experience that as a politician, to be successful you should say four plus four is sixteen even if you know it is eight; that I could not afford to do, so I resigned from politics and decided to go into law."

But the CDC said it remains unrelenting in its continuous pursuit of constitutional power which, it believes can only be attained through a credibly certified democratic process, consistent with the culture of electoral rule of law.

Party Vice Chairman for Operations, Mulbah Morlu, said the CDC considers it provocatively inappropriate the recent nominations made by the President at the National Elections Commission especially, the nomination of Cllr. Jerome Kokoya, who he claimed still remains a stalwart and bona-fide member of the governing Unity Party.

Cllr. Kokoya contested for Bong County's District #1 seat during the 2011 General and Presidential Elections on the ticket of the Unity Party, but lost.

Mulbah: "While the party countenances a suitable and equal-measured democratic response to these crisis-prone appointments of President Sirleaf, the department reiterates the statement of its National Chairman that the institution's tolerance barometer has reached intolerable readings to the height of unspecified political consequences against the antagonists of good governance.

The Department also embraces the position of its National Chairman, Mr. George Solo, which stresses the need to review the entirely flawed processes leading to oil bloc allocations and grave violations of Liberia's petroleum laws."

According to him, considering the perceived grave nature of the unfolding political unconstructiveness that may [disrupt] the sustainability of the country's democratic continuity, the Congress for Democratic Change, as customary, has deemed it useful to consultatively interact with its broad-base membership on the status quo.

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