By Morrison O.G. Sayon
With the conduct of the 2017 Presidential and Legislative Elections in sight, the list of political parties in the country continues to swell daily as the National Elections Commission (NEC) has certificated two new political parties.
Yesterday, at a colorful but brief ceremony, NEC certificated the New Liberia Party (NLP) and the Movement for Economic Empowerment (MOVEE) at its headquarters in Sinkor, Monrovia.
Political parties that are already in existence include, the ruling Unity Party (UP), the main opposition Congress for Democratic Change (CDC), Liberty Party (LP) of Cllr. Charles Walker Brumskine, National Patriotic Party (NPP) of former President Charles G. Taylor, Alliance for Peace and Democracy (APD), the New Deal Movement (NDM), among others.
At yesterday’s program, NEC Chairman, Cllr. Jerome G. Korkoya, in brief remarks urged the newly accredited political parties to realize the responsibilities of a political party and avoid being Monrovia-based parties.
Cllr. Korkoya admonished the two new parties to be with the people and inform them of their right to participate in political issues as this will benefit them as political parties.
Korkoya said NEC was certificating the NLP and MOVEE at a critical period when the country is about to go through a referendum and with the pending Presidential and General Elections.
The NEC boss reminded the two parties that the interest of the people must be paramount as they endeavor for state power. The certification of NLP and MOOVEE authorizes the two parties to operate in the country as full-fledged political parties.
Responding, the Organizing Chairman of NLP, Mr. Sam Mohammed Kromah said Liberians are still wondering and looking for an answer why there are so many political parties in the country. He said it is because those who were elected to represent their people have betrayed the trust of the citizens.
“The Capitol Building has turned into World Trade Center; no one cares and no direction for the citizens,” Kromah said. He added that the NLP has come as a redemptive party to redeem the people and to bring the needed change.
For his part, the organizing Chairman of MOVEE, James Brooks appealed to national government to support the work of the Commission for the conduct of the 2017 Presidential and Legislative Elections.
Brooks, a former Commissioner for the Township of Gardnersville in the Charles Taylor Government added that MOVEE was established to promote peace, unity, bring about efficiency in government, promote the rule of law and preach against nepotism and other ugly vices in government.