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|LP COORDINATORS DEPLORE PARTY AFFILIATION WITH DA -Call Mass Meeting Tomorrow |
|Published on July 30, 2010||Email To Friend Print Version
Fourteen coordinators of the Liberty Party (LP) for Montserrado County have expressed their total dissatisfaction over the party's continuous affiliation with the Democratic Alliance (DA).
They have called on Executives of the party to reconsider their decision, or they would take the appropriate action during their mass meeting slated for tomorrow.
The Coordinators including James S. Roberts of District #1 and Patrick T. Wisseh Dirteict #11 said they resist the affiliation with the DA because the decision was taken by a handful of the party executives.
The aggrieved coordinators in a press release dated July 24, 2010, and signed by all 14 coordinators, said a decision by a minority member of the party was in contravention of the party's by-laws and constitution.
The release further stated that though the Montserrado's Coordinators welcome the call for political parties to reorganize themselves for the 2011 electoral process in order to reduce the number of parties in the country.
They however said it is not relevant to them whether any reorganization eventually ends up into an alliance or coalition, a merger or consolidation, but what is paramount to them is that such arrangements must be done with the consent of the majority of the party's membership in accordance to the bye-laws and constitution of the LP.
More importantly, according to them, the fundamental democratic principle of 'one-vote' and not 'leadership prerogative' must supersede the decision-making process of majority rule.
The coordinators said they have unanimously observed the processes leading to recent merger of the Liberia Action Party, Liberia Unification Party with the ruling Unity Party. They claimed that consultations were not conducted with the requirements of their constitution and bye-laws.
They claimed that they all know about the various conventions of the three named parties such as the UP in Gbarnga, Bong county; LUP in Robertsport, Grand Cape Mount; and that of LAP at the Samuel Kanyon Sports Stadium in Paynesville, Monrovia to approve of the Articles of merger.
These consultations, the release quoted the local LP executives, led to the ultimate convention of the New UP in Ganta, Nimba County, where a new constitution was adopted and new officers elected, followed by their induction ceremony.
All of these developments, the aggrieved coordinators said, were well publicized.
The coordinators said by ignoring the democratic process, they are of the belief that if the LP wins the 2011 elections democracy will surely go through the windows.
In conclusion, the 14 coordinators said they are calling on all their colleagues and grass rooters to a mass meeting on Saturday July 31st 2010 at the party's District 11 office to discuss and decide upon the course of action to be taken if the executives refuse to adhere to their concerns.
Meanwhile LP officials have not formally responded to comments by the 14 coordinators. An executive speaking on the basis of anonymity said the Party does not solve probe in the media. By Buxton A. Davies.