“No Constitutional Breach” -UP Says JNB Endorsement Lawful

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In the wake of the Alternative National Congress (ANC) political leader and Collaborating Political Parties (CPP) constituent member Alexander B. Cumming’s explanation for why he backed out of a formal invitation from the CPP constituent member Unity Party’s invitation to attend a program marking Mr. Joseph Boakai’s endorsement as UP standard bearer and aspirant for the CPP presidential candidate, the Unity Party has in turn tacitly responded to Mr. Cummings, stating that, contrary to Mr. Cummings’ assertion, the Unity Party’s National Executive Committee (NEC) decision leading to the affirmation of Ambassador Boakai was not only done democratically, but was inherently consistent with the UP constitution which empowers the NEC to make decisions in the recess of the National Convention., The Analyst has gathered.

“Ambassador Boakai was duly elected as Standard bearer for six years and this period has not expired. How much more profoundly democratically, inclusive, and accountable could the process have been, than the unanimous vote of confidence recited by the entire NEC?” the Unity Party’s September 13, 2021 response to Cummings indicated.

According to the highly diplomatic response from UP Chairman Amin Modad to Mr. Cummings, Modad said he had responded lately to Mr. Cummings’ letter because the letter was already on various online platforms before he had the opportunity to access and acknowledge it.

“As it was being sensationalized and debated in the public domain, I was challenged to respond with prudence so as not to encourage the unnecessary trend that portrays acrimony within the CPP. The deterrence of such actions, if not championed by the Political Leaders of the CPP, has greater propensity of exposing the CPP to disrepute than the constitutional prerogatives and democratic decision of a Party.

“Sir, we regret your absence as our intent was genuine with the hope of further restrengthening the internal relationships amongst the Collaborating Political Parties. Please be informed however, the program went extremely well and in accordance with the mandate of the National Executive Committee (NEC). Contrary to your assertion, our NEC’s decision leading to the affirmation of Ambassador Boakai was not only done democratically, it was inherently ours to make consistent with our constitution which empowers the NEC to make decisions in the recess of the National Convention; Ambassador Boakai was duly elected as Standard bearer for six years and this period has not expired. How much more profoundly democratically, inclusive, and accountable could the process have been, than the unanimous vote of confidence required by the entire NEC?

“While this is not the appropriate medium to counter all the concerns you expressed, I believe we have set the stage for all other constituent parties (within the CPP) fielding Presidential aspirants to follow in compliance with the CPP Guiding Principles and Core Values you referred to,” the Unity Party stated, noted its anticipation that all processes leading up to the selection of the Standard Bearer of the CPP will be conducted in a peaceful and cordial atmosphere.

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