The National Democratic Coalition (NDC), Liberia’s social democratic party has requested the Supreme Court of the Republic of Liberia to compel the National Elections Commission (NEC) to recognize its constitutional right to function as a political party under the laws of the Republic of Liberia. In a Writ of Mandamus issued to the Supreme Court, the NDC has prayed the Court to recognize its constitutional right to continue to function as a political party by nullifying the arbitrary drive of the NDC which has historically plunged Liberia into crisis.
The NDC was registered and certificated as a coalition of political parties in 2011. It is principally comprised of the New DEAL Movement and the Free Democratic Party. Due to the critical position of the NDC on national issues and the nature of electoral politics in Liberia, the NEC has continued to interfere with the participation of the NDC in the national political process. The NEC has further proceeded to unconstitutionally “de-certificate” the NDC, taking advantage of its administrative powers disregarding the constitutional grounds for the certification of political parties, which is clearly spelled out in Article 80 (b) of the Constitution, which is the supreme law of Liberia: “Parties or organization which retain, organize, train or equip any person or group of persons for the use or display of physical force or coercion in promoting any political objective or interest, trained or equipped, shall be denied registration, or if registered, shall have their registration revoked”. Far from this, the NDC is not guilty of any such violation. Moreover, the Elections Commission has no administrative right to dissolve that which NEC has not created; that which has been constitutionally created.
According to the petition requesting the Supreme Court to compel the national Elections Commission to respect the constitutional and democratic rights of the NDC, the entire exercise to revoke the certificate of registration of the NDC serves no public policy purpose whatsoever as it is only a part of the witch hunting program concocted by the establishment class to use the National Election Commission and the court system to restrict the participation of genuine progressive and grassroots parties in the political process. Essentially, this is the way in which political processes are rigged against the poor masses.
Meanwhile, sources close to the Party leadership say the NDC has vowed that it will continue to place a complete check on the arbitrary behavior of the National Elections Commission because it was the tolerance of abuse in the electoral process that provoke the Liberian civil war which destroyed more than 250,000 innocent lives and broke down Liberian society.
Signed: Peal P.H. Nyenka, Deputy Sec. General
Approved: Alaric Tokpa, National Chairman
Main Photo: Jerome Korkoya, Liberian Observer