CDC beats another war drum
The Congress for Democratic Change national chairman, Nathaniel McGill, who chairs the Coalition for Democratic Change has sounded his party’s usual war drum here, threatening to resist ‘in the highest term any cheating’ from the National Elections Commission.
The issuance of violent threats or war drum has become characteristic of Congress for Democratic Change, now part of a three-party coalition with Montserrado County Senator George Weah as Standard Bearer.
The party sounded the war drum in the last two elections that it lost, which led to violent clashes with police in 2011 with at least one death reported.
Chairman McGill issues the latest threat on Saturday, July 1, at the CDC headquarters in Monrovia when he formally turned over 35 brand new Nissan Patrol Jeeps and 300 motorbikes to the party from Standard Bearer George Weah and Vice Standard Bearer, Senator Jewel Howard Taylor.
He continues that the Coalition will not accept anything less than victory from the Jerome George Korkoya-led Elections Commission amid huge applaud from supporters and partisans.
The Coalition comprised of the Congress for Democratic Change of Senator George Manneh Weah, the National Patriotic Party of incarcerated former President Charles Taylor, and the Liberia People Democratic Party of criminally indicted former Speaker Alex Tyler.
McGill dares that of the 26 registered political parties in the country, only the CDC can defeat the ruling Unity Party face down in first round.
The 1986 Constitution of Liberia requires a political party or an Independent Candidate to obtain 50 percent plus one of the total ballots cast in the polls.
He brags that the Coalition will whip the ruling Unity Party on a clean sheet, because it is putting in all of its might, resources, and energy into the impending elections to ensuring a one round victory.
Unlike former President Charles Taylor, who won the presidency in 1997 in the first round, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf won her two terms in runoff against the Congress for Democratic Change.
The polls of 2005 and 2011 were both monitored by observers from the United Nations, African Union, ECOWAS, and subsequently declared free, fair and transparent.
By E. J. Nathaniel Daygbor-Editing by Jonathan Browne