The opposition Liberty Party (LP) has vowed to use every necessary constructive means to resist the confirmation of Mr. Ndubusi Nwabudike and Mr. Floyd Sayor to the Board of Commissioners of the National Election Commission in the spirit of fairness and transparency. The Party called on President George Manneh Weah to withdraw his recent nomination of the two persons to the Board of Commissioners of the National Election Commission.
The Liberty Party said the only logical inference that can be drawn from the recent trend of President Weah’s appointment of Mr. Nwabudike across several key governance institutions in our country is the existence of a relationship between the two.
A press statement issued yesterday under the signature of the Deputy Secretary General, Press & Public Affairs, Kla-Edward Toomey, II quotes the Liberty Party as assuring the public that should President Weah fail to withdraw these nominations, Liberty Party will use whatever constructive means available at its disposal to resist their confirmation.
The LP said in a press statement that such relationship seemingly transcends the ordinary and renders the nominee a henchman to the president and thereby compromised to head the NEC. “As to Mr. Floyd Sayor, his records as head of the NEC’s data center are replete with malpractices; the 2019 Montserrado County District 15 by-election being the latest of the many embarrassments he has caused our country,” the party said.
The Liberty Party had thought that by now Mr. Sayor would have voluntarily retired from the NEC, given the countless electoral controversies and disputes he has orchestrated; and their attendant economic and security consequences on our country.
“Having Mr. Sayor at the NEC would undermine the credibility of the electoral body and pose a serious threat to the peace and security of our country,” the party added.
“Notwithstanding our engagements with the ongoing national fight against the novo Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Liberia, the Liberty Party shall not lose sight of its obligations as a moral voice and responsible opposition in Liberia,” the Liberty Party said.
The Party said it shall continue to follow all relevant governance activities in our country and take prompt actions where necessary. “It is in this vein that our attention has been drawn to President Weah’s recent nomination of individuals to serve on the Board of Commissioners of the National Elections Commission (NEC),” the LP asserted
Accordingly, the Liberty Party said it has to its credit a long standing record of fighting for electoral reform as a sufficient precondition for the conduct of Free, Fair and Transparent Elections in Liberia, adding that the party posit that “we shall never falter on this sacred democratic responsibility until the necessary electoral reforms are effectuated to sustain our Democracy.”
The recalled the recent communication from its Political Leader, Sen. Nyonblee Karnga-Lawrence, requesting the support of her colleagues to probe the preparedness of the NEC to conduct the impending 2020 Mid-Term Senatorial Elections, and its adherence to the mandate of the Supreme Court in the aftermath of the 2017 electoral dispute, is a continuation of our fight for electoral reform.
“We believe very strongly that at the heart of every peaceful and wholesome functioning democracy is the conduct of free, fair and transparent elections, which in turn is a function of the neutrality of the electoral machineries, including those presiding over the conduct of elections,” the party said.
Accordingly, the party said, “Our Political Leader and Chairman, along with our two other Senators would lead the resistance against the confirmation of these nominees and call on all opposition senators and those who believe that our peace as a country depends on a credible electoral system to join us. Given how important this situation is, we shall on a regular basis update you with our position if the need arises.”