Ahead of the December 26 Presidential run-off election, Liberty Party political leader Cllr. Charles Walker Brumskine says the party officially supports neither side going for the runoff, but partisans are free to support either Vice President Boakai or Senator George Weah.
The decision pronounced Tuesday followed controversy that greeted move by three senior officials of his party, including Chairman Ben Sanvee, former vice standard bearer Harrison Karnwea and Campaign CEO Musa H. Bility to endorse Coalition for Democratic Change Standard Bearer George Weah
Addressing a two-minute news conference on December 19, at the party headquarters in Congo Town, Monrovia, Cllr. Brumskine says following the ruling from the Supreme Court of Liberia, the leadership and some stakeholders of the party conducted a nationwide consultation on which way to go, disclosing that they reached four cardinal points.
He says they advanced that the party could remain natural or support Unity Party Standard Bearer Joseph Boakai or Senator George Manneh Weah or better still, look up to him (Brumskine) for guidance.
According to him, the leadership eventually concludes that the best option is for the party to remain natural but allow its partisans to choose between the two political parties that are in the run-off.
Brumskine intimates that it is right of every Liberian, including Liberty Partisans to vote their choice and that such right cannot be tempered with by anyone in the LP, something which he as political leader, respects.
However, he continues that some partisans, who may choose to stay neutral, are free to do so.Recently, LP chairman Sanvee, Campaign Chief Executive Officer Bility, and former Vice Standard Bearer Karnwea along with huge partisans endorsed the CDC.
The Liberty Party, which had challenged results of the first round of elections conducted on October 10th, cited “fraud and “irregularities”. The challenge was investigated by the country’s electoral body and subsequently dismissed.
The Supreme Court of Liberia subsequently heard an appeal against the decision to dismiss the Liberty Party’s legal challenge but ruled that the claims were insufficient to overturn the poll results thus, instructing the National Elections Commission to proceed with the holding of the second round of voting after cleaning up the voters roll and publishing same at all polling stations across the country.
By E. J. Nathaniel Daygbor-Editing by Jonathan Browne