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Twelve parties oppose stay order on Senatorial Election

Jonathan Grigsby
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(elbcradio.com/Liberia/Dec., 2, 2014)-Twelve out of sixteen political parties in Liberia have dissociated themselves from the recent petition filed to the Supreme Court.

The political parties are the governing Unity Party (UP), Congress for Democratic Change (CDC), Alternative National Congress (ANC), National Patriotic Party (NPP), Union of Liberia Democrats (ULD) and the People’s Unification Party (UP).

The other parties include the All Liberia Coalition Party of Liberia (ALCOP), Liberty Party (LP), Grass-root Democratic Party (GDP) Liberia National Union (LNU), Alliance for Peace and Democracy (APD) and Liberia Transformation Party (LTP).

The group said: “We are not a part of those who filed the petition at the Supreme Court, because it undermines Liberia’s emerging democracy.”

In a statement, they also said: “Failure to hold the elections as planned will degenerate into constitutional crisis that will not augur well for the country.” The statement, read on behalf of the 12 political parties by ADP Chairman, Joseph Jallah, was issued Monday, December 1, 2014 in Monrovia.

Last week, the Supreme Court place a stay order on the December 16, 2014 Special Senatorial Election.

The Stay Order was based on complaint filed to the Supreme Court of Liberia by some Civil Society Organizations in the country and prominent Liberians, including Rev. Emmanuel Bowier, longtime politicians, Tokpa Nah Tipoteh and Blamo Nelson, among others.

Two political parties, the Movement for Progressive Change (MPC) and National Democratic Coalition (NDC) co-signed the complaint.

The Supreme Court is the highest court of arbit    ration in the country

 


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