The National Elections Commission (NEC) has warned against the holding of any biennial convention within the National Patriotic Party (NPP) pending the resolution of the current feud within the party.
In a letter addressed to the leader of one of the contending parties within the NPP, Randolph Cooper, the Chairman of the Commission, Jerome Korkoya, warned against the conduct of any convention in the absence of the resolution of the currentintra-party dispute.
Mr. Cooper had told this paper on previous occasions that his party was going ahead with the convention. With this letter it’s not clear as to whether the Cooper led group will go ahead with its planned convention.
In the letter, Chairman Korkoya warned that untilthe crisis is resolved, any attempt to hold a biennial convention by any of the opposing parties in the NPP will be considered an unlawful disobedience to the lawful authority of the NEC.
It can be recalled that the National Elections Commission recently met with the two opposing factions within the NPP in order to find an amicable resolution to a crisis which is a result of two separate letters written to the Commission by the leaders of the conflicting parties, Cllr. Theophilus Gould, and Mr. Randolph Cooper.
The heads of the conflicting parties had written the Commission announcing separate dates for the holding of the party’s 7th Biennial Convention.
Meanwhile, the Commission has informed rival parties within the NPP that it will make a final determination in the conflict on Thursday, July 30, 2015 at its headquarters in Monrovia. -Edited by Othello B. Garblah