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Joseph T. Koon
Senatorial Candidate, Robert Allen Sirleaf
Senatorial Candidate, Robert Allen Sirleaf

(www.elbcradio.com/Liberia/Dec/6/2014)--An Candidate of Montserrado County in the Special Senatorial Election has threatened a lawsuit against the Liberian Government for issuing Executive Order Number 65.

Mr. Robert Sirleaf described the Executive Order as a Constitutional violation and has a discriminatory intent in any political environment, especially during elections where free movement of people is paramount.

Executive Order Number 65 bans all political rallies, demonstrations and parades during and 30 days after election results in(Monrovia and its environs). Mr.  said: “The Executive Order was wrong and unfair to the Liberian in the governance process of the country.”

The Montserrado County Independent Candidate emphasized that amid the current state of affairs, it was the responsibility of political leaders to exhibit a high degree of maturity to provide leadership and guidance for their supporters during the electoral process.

”It is not a good thing to start a game and change the rule in the middle,” Mr. Sirleaf said.  He made the statement Friday, December 5, 2014 at a news conference in Monrovia.

Mr. Sirleaf is the son of President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf who is now a potential political rival of Liberia’s soccer legend and Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) Senatorial Candidate, George Weah in the Special Senatorial Election for Montserrado County.

In a related development, fourteen (14) lawmakers supporting CDC’S George Weah in the Senatorial race, say they are opposed to Executive Order Number 65 issued recently by Government.

In their reaction, the lawmakers condemned the Executive Order and described it as a constitutional breach, citing Articles 13 & 17 of the Liberian Constitution.

The spokesman of the lawmakers, Montserrado County District Number Four Representative, Henry Fahnbulleh, said the Executive Order was illegal and unacceptable.

It can be recalled that President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf issued Executive Order Number 65 Wednesday, December 3, 2014, banning all political rallies, demonstrations and parades only in Monrovia and its environs.

Government said its action was based on the rampant wave of mass public gatherings and unauthorized street demonstrations, coupled with violation of the Vehicle and Traffic Laws of Liberia.

Following the issuance of Executive Order Number 65, there have been mixed reactions from political actors, civil society groups, and ordinary Liberians.

Some political analysts view Government’s action as a presidential prerogative in the right direction, while others considers it as illegal.

Despite all these, the Constitution also provides that when the issue of constitutionality arises, an appropriate legal redress is sought by the contending party.
 

 


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