12 Political Parties Want Election To Go Ahead

By P. Oxford Brown

MONROVIA—Twelve Liberian political parties have disassociated themselves from
the petition filed at the Supreme Court for an injunction on the mid-term senatorial election scheduled for December 16.

The parties are the Unity Party, Grassroots Democratic Party of Liberia, All Liberian Coalition Party, Union of Liberia Democrats, People’s Unification Party, Alternative National Congress, Alliance For Peace and Democracy, Liberia National Union and Liberia Transformation Party.

On Friday, November 28, 2014, the Supreme Court, through its Justice in Chambers, Phillip Z. Banks, issued a temporary stay on campaigning activities based on a petition filed by the Movement for Progressive Change (MPC), National Democratic Coalition (NDC) and other prominent politicians referring to themselves as ‘eminent citizens”.

Speaking on behalf of the parties, APD acting National Chairman, Counselor Joseph Jallah, said the petition is ‘unwarranted and unjustified” and pledged their full commitment to the electoral process.

According to him, they are of the firm conviction that holding the mid-term election will prevent an even bigger constitutional crisis when the tenure of the 15 current senators expires in January in 2015.

“We wish to remind the public that our respective political parties fully participated in all of the consultations during which the vast majority of political parties and civil society organizations agreed for the elections to be conducted,” he said.

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