As preparation begins for the conduct of the 2017 Presidential and Legislature Elections in the country, the National Elections Commission (NEC) has reminded all registered political parties of their obligation to abide by the requirements of Article 83(d) of the Constitution of Liberia. In a public service announcement issued over the weekend under the signature of NEC’s Director of Communication, Joey T. Kennedy, the Commission reminded the political parties of Article 83(d) of the Constitution and Chapter IV Section 4.3 of the Regulation and Guidelines relating to political parties and independent candidates.
Articles 83(d) of the Constitution of Liberia mandates all registered political parties in Liberia to publish and submit to the Commission on September 1 of each year, detailed statements of their assets and liabilities.
The constitution went on, “These shall include the enumeration of sources of funds and other assets, plus list of expenditures.”
Chapter IV Section 4.3 of the Regulation and Guidelines Relating to Political parties and Independent Candidates mandates each political party to maintain an updated bank account with a balance not less than US$10,000.00 or its equivalence in Liberian Dollars.
Meanwhile, the National Elections Commission (NEC) is calling on all registered political parties in the country to concede to these legal requirements and take the necessary measures.
Sometime last year, NEC through the Civil Law Court at the Temple of Justice revoked the accreditation and registration of 15 political parties in Liberia.
The deregistered political parties concerned were the National Vision Party of Liberia, the National Union for Democratic Progress, Citizens Unification Party, Freedom Alliance Party, Original Congress Party, Liberia Empowerment Party, Progressive Democratic Party, Liberia Destiny Party, National Reformation Party, National Democratic Party of Liberia, Liberia Reconstruction Party, National Social Democratic Party of Liberia, Liberia Equal Rights Party, Majority Party of Liberia and Progressive People’s Party.
NEC on February 10, 2014, filed a petition before the Civil Law Court seeking the revocation of the registration and accreditation of 20 registered political parties. According to the petition, the political parties violated Articles 83(d) and 79 (c)(i) of the 1986 Constitution of Liberia as well as Part II, Chapter IV of the Guidelines Relating to the Registration of Political Parties and Independent Candidates.
Article 83(d) of the Constitution of Liberia makes it mandatory that every political party in Liberia shall on September 1, of each year, publish and submit to the NEC detailed statements of assets and liabilities.