By Antoinette Sendolo
Several political parties have condemned the petition against the conduct of the special Senatorial Elections filed by the Movement for Progressive Change (MPC), National Democratic Coalition (NDC), Blamo Nelson and others describing it as something “Illogical and Baseless”.
The political parties in a recent press statement said the aim of the petition is to destroy the democracy the country now enjoys and as such it should not be given credence adding that the risk of not holding the elections is far greater than conducting them this year.
According to the statement read by the representative of the Alliance for Democracy, Joseph Jallah, the holding of the Special Senatorial Elections will prevent an even bigger constitutional crisis when the tenure of the fifteen Senators expires in January 2015.
The political parties in the statement noted that the lifting of the State of Emergency which prevented the holding of the Elections on October 14, 2014, is sufficient proof that the atmosphere is pleasant now for the conduct of the delayed Elections.
According to the statement, ” the Petitioners’ reference to the Ebola outbreak as a justification for cancelling the Special Senatorial Elections is illogical and baseless adding that facts available suggest that the electoral process can be conducted with adherence to safety measures provided by the World Health Organization (WHO), the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the Ministry of Health and other International parties to prevent the spread of the Ebola virus”.
“We cannot reverse the democratic process. All registered political parties, including two of the petitioners, NDC and MPC, participated in the consultations leading to the new date for holding the Special Senatorial Elections, therefore, the Petition does not represent the view of the majority of the registered Political Parties,” Mr. Jallah in the recent statement read.
The political parties have however committed themselves to adhering to all the Ebola preventive measures instituted by the Ministry of Health and its International Partners and are also calling on all actors to adhere to those preventive measures given.
Meanwhile, the fourteen political parties have called on the National Elections Commission to, as much as possible, publish the listing of polling centers across the country for easy access by the public saying, “We denounce all acts of violence and therefore urge the National Elections Commission to bring to book anyone violating the law”.
The parties also called on the Supreme Court to dispose of the matter pending before it noting that “the Supreme Court must listen to the voice of the majority of the political parties and the citizenry of Liberia.
Concluding the statement, the parties called on all political party leaders, the rank and file, foot-soldiers of all political parties and citizens to assemble on the grounds of the Temple of Justice at 8 a.m. today, December 2, 2014 in solidarity with hearing of the Prohibition Proceedings.
The statement was signed by the Unity Party (UP), Congress for Democratic Change (CDC), National Patriotic Party (NPP), Grass-root Democratic Party of Liberia (GDPL), All Liberia Coalition Party of Liberia (ALCOP), Union of Liberian Democrats (ULD), People’s Unification Party (PUP), Alternative National Congress (ANC), and Alliance for Peace and Democracy (APD) among others.