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NEC certifies Coalition for Democratic Change

Jonathan Grisby/Maximilian Kasseh, Jr.
Members of the new Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC).
Members of the new Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC).

MONROVIA-The National Elections Commission (NEC) has accredited the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) as apolitical party to contest the 2017 general and presidential elections.

The coalition comprises three opposition political parties, the Congress for Democratic Change, the National Patriotic Party and the Liberia People Democratic Party.

The Chairman Jerome Korkoyah urged on political parties to do away with acts of pre-campaigning when the Commission has not declared campaigning period opened.

The certification program was held Thursday, December 29, 2016, at the Headquarters of the NEC in Monrovia.

Chairman Korkoyah admonished political parties to consolidate peace in fostering the democratic process of the country and challenged the newly certificated coalition to engage the electoral commission on its activities.

He discouraged members of the Coalition against negative utterances during the 2017 electoral process; something which he believes has the propensity of undermining the Commission’s operations.

The NEC Chairman further called on the Coalition to assist the NEC by encouraging eligible voters throughout Liberia to register during the voter registration process.

The three opposition political parties formed a political merger to field a single candidate to battle the ruling Unity Party for the October 10, 2017 general elections. 

The Chairperson of the CDC, Nathaniel McGill, praised the electoral body, the UN and partners for their efforts to ensure that the electoral process becomes successful, and underscored CDC delight over the certification.

Mr. McGill has urged government to fully support the NEC for the successful conduct of the 2017 general and presidential elections.


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