NEC, CDC:Who’s Telling The Truth?

Public sentiments have indicated that both the National Election Commission (NEC) and main opposition Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) are in a blame game over the party’s failure to field a candidate in the pending Montserrado County District # 11 by-election. The election is slated for July 3, 2012.

NEC Tuesday (May 22) announced that it did not receive a nomination paper from the CDC, causing the party not to field a candidate in the by-election intended to fill the vacancy created by the demise of its partisan, Rep. Moses S. Tandapollie.

But the CDC, in its reaction, stated that NEC denied it from fielding a candidate, because the party went at the commission headquarters with the name of its nominee, but was rejected on ground that the deadline has elapsed.

The CDC executives claimed they arrived at NEC by 4:52 P.M., eight minutes to the deadline, but NEC retorted that the Party carried its nomination after the deadline.

Several residents of Monrovia said they are confused and do not know whose is telling the truth between the NEC and the CDC, but most people have blamed the CDC of being a party has failed to untie itself.

The last week named partisan Emmanuel Tarwo as its most preferred candidate for the Montserrado County District #11 by-election. He was named Thursday after a rerun of the party’s controversial primaries held days earlier.

The re-run of the primaries was triggered by complaint failed by ECOBank Liberia against the previous winner, Mr. George Tawallay, who formally worked with the bank.

He was reportedly sacked by the bank due to alleged financial malpractices he carried out when he served the bank as Loan Manager.

According to the Party’s Secretary and Montserrado County District#8 Representative Acarious Moses Gray, the after receiving information that George Tawallay won the primaries, it was greeted by several protests from other candidates and the party later received communication that Mr. Tawallay had serious financial problem with ECObank.

The party investigated and found there was a need for re-run of the primaries that lead the CDC National Executive Committee Member with no option but to nullify the previous one.

Hoiwever, the man elected to replace Tawallay will also no longer represent the party after his name was not submitted to the NEC.

Some members of the public have described their party of not being ready for business because of the multiple political wrangling

Meanwhile the Chairman of Mobilization of the CDC Mulba Morlu told a gathering at the Center for the Exchange of Intellectual Opinion (CEIO) yesterday that the party remains a formidable political force in the country, countering other arguments that the party is losing grounds.

Mr. Morlu said the CDC remains unbending and will proceed to court over NEC reported refusal to accept the party’s candidate. He said no amount of joke will hold the back the party. Write D K Sengbeh & By Dearest Kotio (0886-365-904)



Author: D K Sengbeh

Danicius Kaihenneh Sengbeh (author of Sengbeh's Weblog) is a respected and renowned Liberian journalist, poet and writer with with journalism experience since 2001, of working both as a mainstream journalist and a communication/media consultant in Liberia. He is Secretary General of the Press Union of Liberia (elected Dec 2013). He was Assistant Secretary General of the Union Dec 2011 to Dec 2013. He is also Editor-In-Chief of The Informer Newspaper—one of Liberia’s credible dailies. Before joining the Informer, Danicius had served as reporter, chief reporter, sub-editor and News Editor at The Independent Newspaper between 2002 and 2006. Before then, he was reporter at the defunct Patriot Newspaper and Kiss FM 2001-2002. Danicius is a UN Media Fellow and Liberia’s first UN Medal Award-winning journalist for his contribution to journalism and for being the second Liberian journalist in 15 years to qualify for and successfully attended the United Nations’ Reham Al-Farra Memorial Journalist Fellowship Program in New York and Geneva, Switzerland in 2012. He earned a Bachelor’s of Arts Degree in Mass Communication and Sociology from the University of Liberia and a Diploma in Journalism from the International School of Journalism. He holds several awards and recognitions both in and outside of journalism, and carries dozens of certificates in journalism and communication from studies in Ghana, China, United States and Switzerland, among others. He volunteers as Chair of the Information and Communication Committee of his local Bardnersville community. He can be quickly reached via (+231) 886586531/777586531/777464018/

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