NEC Warns NPP Again On Convention

The National Election Commission (NEC) has warned against the holding of convention by a group of partisans of the National Patriotic Party (NPP), until a matter before it is finalized. This is the second time the Commission has given similar warning.

The NPP this week in a press release with its letterhead announced that “The Long delayed Biennial convention of the former ruling National Patriotic Party (NPP) kicks off on Thursday, the 30th of July 2015 to August 1, 2015 at the Party’s Headquarters in Congo Town, Monrovia.”

The party said, “The Sixth Biennial Convention is expected to address among other issues, key constitutional Reforms and the election of National Officials of the Party.

“Delegates from across the 15 political sub-divisions of Liberia have already begun arriving in Monrovia for the convention.

“The convention which has been delayed for more than a year will be graced by prominent individuals, Stewarts, and Partisans of the party.

“NPP’s interim chairman, Mr. Randolph Cooper, says all is now set for the hosting of the long-delayed convention with the selection of Mr. Jenkins GW Wongbe as Chairman of the convention committee.

“Meanwhile, Partisan Wongbe has pledged to work hard to coordinate activities of the various committees to ensure a successful outcome of the convention, “ the release concluded.

But when contacted yesterday, NEC’s communication director Joel Kennedy said here is a matter involving the party pending before the commission and that until this is ‘determined” it would be unwise for anyone to hold convention.

Therefore, he has urged all concerned to desist from such exercise as NHEC tries to “amicably resolve” the fracas within the party, that has split it into two groups, one by Chairman T.C. Gould and another, by a group calling itself, Interim Leadership headed by Mr. Randolph Cooper, which has planned to hold the convention next week.