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An opposition party Union of Liberian Democrats or ULD has taken an unsettled internal dispute before the Civil Law Court at the Temple of Justice in Monrovia, in the wake of divide among party executives surrounding decision whether or not to conduct convention this month to elect party leadership.


ULD standard bearer Mr. Jonathan Mason and those backing a decision to postpone party convention for 19 to 21 May are battling against another group of partisans at the Civil Law Court led by party chairman Mr. Solomon Kahn who are demanding the conduct of convention that was due on 22 April.

In the legal document dated 21 April, Mr. Mason and his supporters complain to the Civil Law Court that Chairman Kahan and his supporters have failed and refused to respect the decision of the party National Executive Committee and are planning to conduct the ULD’s third convention against the will and decision of the executive committee as appeared in a meeting of 19 April to reschedule convention.

The Civil Law Court has ordered the adverse party to appear on 1 May to answer to the complaint filed against it by the party standard bearer and his supporters.

Mr. Mason accuses the adverse party of engaging into activities contrary to the executive committee’s decision to postpone the convention and is rather insisting on conducting convention at all cost.

“Petitioners say that the unconstitutional, illegal, unlawful and unauthorized acts of Respondents are an attempt being made to undermine the authority of the Party (ULD) and create conflict within said party. Hence, this must be prevented”, the ULD standard bearer has told the Court.

The petitioners have pleaded with the court to issue a writ of injunction against the actions of the adverse party, arguing that the unauthorized and wrongful decision of the respondents to conduct elections contrary to the decision of the party executive committee brings into question the legal status, credibility and integrity of the ULD.

By Winston W. Parley

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