An official of the opposition Congress for Democratic Change or CDC Mr. McGill Sondah has frowned on the use of the party’s symbol by some CDC officials, who have not been officially endorsed as its representative candidates for the 2017 elections.
He said only partisans duly elected and endorsed through primary can print CDC emblem on their souvenir materials. According to him, officials desirous of contesting in the coming elections must first resign their respective positions within the CDC, go to convention and if elected, are qualified to enjoy the right to display symbols of the CDC.
Mr. Sondah spoke over the weekend in Paynesville City in an interview with reporters during the petitioning ceremony of CDC district #4 Region One Coordinator Mr. Alex G. Korkolea, held in the compound of the St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran School.
He said CDC executives should take urgent steps aimed at preventing partisans who are not elected by party primary from misusing the symbol of the institution. It may be recalled that incumbent District#4 Representative Thomas Fallah used the CDC symbol on T-shirts and souvenir program at a recent petitioning ceremony in the district.
Meanwhile, senior executives of the CDC did not show up at the petition ceremony of the district #4 Region One Coordinator Mr. Korkolea. At least three hundred sympathizers, including marketers of the Paynesville Gobacho community attended the program.
What was laughable is that organizers of the petition program received bags of mineral water as their ‘take home refreshment’ while others complained of poor organization of the occasion.
However, reacting to Mr. Sondah’s comment, a close associate of both Representative Fallah and Mr. Korkolea termed it as rubbish. At the same time, a vehicle marked Ministry of Health Supply Chain/Management with banner placed on it was used during the political march of Mr. Korkolea from Dupot Road intersection to the compound of the St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran, venue of the occasion.
The use of government vehicle for political activity is prohibited under the election law of Liberia. Mr. Korkolea was petitioned by the Stakeholders United for Development in District#4. The group said it is of the conviction that Mr. Korkolea is the best person to represent the district come 2017 because of his numerous contributions to the society and the country in general.
In his acceptance speech, Mr. Korkolea told the gathering that aspirants, who believe they can whip him in the forthcoming representative election, are mere jokers.
By Emmanuel Mondaye -Editing by Jonathan Browne