Opposition Liberty Party uprightly opposes the nomination of Cllr. Ndubuisi Nwabudike, chairman and commissioner-designate Mr. Floyd Sayor, respectively at the National Elections Commission.
In press statement issued in Monrovia, March 26, the Liberty Party called on President George Manneh Weah to withdraw both nominations in the spirit of fairness and transparency.
The LP, which in collaboration with the Collaborating Political Parties said the only logical inference that can be drawn from the recent trend of President Weah’s appointment of Mr. Nwabudike across several key governance institutions in the country is that there exists a relationship between the two, which seemingly transcends the ordinary and renders the nominee to chair the NEC a henchmen to the president.
It continued that as to Mr. Floyd Sayor, his records as head of the NEC’s data center are replete with malpractices; the 2019 Montserrado County District 15 by-election being the latest of the many embarrassments he has allegedly caused the country.
“We had thought that by now Mr. Sayor would have voluntarily retired from the NEC, given the countless electoral controversies and disputes he has orchestrated and their attendant economic and security consequences on our country. Having Mr. Sayor at the NEC would undermine the credibility of the electoral body and poses a serious threat to the peace and security of our country,” the statement said.
The statement pointed out that the Liberty Party has to its credit a long standing record of fighting for electoral reform as a sufficient precondition for the conduct of Free, Fair and Transparent Elections in Liberia.
“We posit that we shall never falter on this sacred democratic responsibility until the necessary electoral reforms are effectuated to sustain our Democracy. The recent communication from our Political Leader, Sen. Nyonblee Karnga-Lawrence, requesting the support of her colleagues to probe the preparedness of the NEC to conduct the impending 2020 Mid-Term Senatorial Elections, and its adherence to the mandate of the Supreme Court in the aftermath of the 2017 electoral dispute, is a continuation of our fight for electoral reform. We believe very strongly that at the heart of every peaceful and wholesome functioning democracy is the conduct of free, fair and transparent elections, which in turn is a function of the neutrality of the electoral machineries, including those presiding over the conduct of elections,” it maintained.
LP points that its engagements with the ongoing national fight against the novo Corona virus (COVID-19) in Liberia, the Liberty Party shall not lose sight of its obligations as a moral voice and responsible opposition in Liberia and shall continue to follow all relevant governance activities in the country and take prompt actions where necessary.
“We want to assure the public that should President Weah fail to withdraw these nominations, Liberty Party will use whatever constructive means available at its disposal to resist their confirmation. Our Political Leader and Chairman, along with our two other Senators would lead the resistance against the confirmation of these nominees and call on all opposition senators and those who believe that our peace as a country depends on a credible electoral system to join us. Given how important this situation is, we shall on a regular basis update you with our position if the need arises,” the statement concluded.