… Prof. D. Ansu Sonii
… Writes N. Dweh Nimley
The Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) and its collaborating parties have warned against what they termed as ‘political artifice, scheming and filibustering by politicians in the country.
Addressing a news conference Wednesday in Congo Town, the party said it will accept nothing less than a timely return to democratic electoral processes as indicated by the Constitution of Liberia.
“Any attempt to hijack this process through political artifice, scheming and filibustering; will be rejected by this coalition of opposition parties in no uncertain terms” Prof. Sonii stressed.
According to him, if the runoff election is not held to permit transition of power as required by the constitution, the attending situation could ultimately draw the nation into an unnecessary crisis; noting that the CDC and its collaborating political parties maintain that the Constitution of Liberia should not be compromised.
He added the CDC has been actively engaged with the political process and operated within the ambit of the law. He explained that guided by the Constitution of Liberia and consistent with the Farmington River Declaration, the party has demonstrated commitment to the tenets of democracy and has pledged a violence-free and peaceful election.
The party call on stakeholders including the NEC to act timely in setting back on course the electoral process and to get the runoff election concluded, reflective of the wishes and aspirations of the Liberian people.
The CDC Spokesperson said, while they await the timely fulfillment of the mandate of the Supreme Court to the NEC, it was important that partisans, supporters and allies were to remain peacefully engaged, law abiding and to ignore all provocations, as the victory of the CDC can only be delayed, but cannot be denied.
Prof. Soni further said the CDC and its collaborating political parties will not countenance any extra-constitutional, undemocratic governance arrangement at the expiration of the current Unity Party administration.
The CDC also call on ECOWAS, MRU, AU, UN and the international community to take note of the unfolding developments relating to the current electoral process and to do all to ensure that Liberia’s fledgling multiparty democracy is reinforced.