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The Liberty Party has responded to President Ellen Johnson’s Sirleaf statement read by the Minister of Information, Lenn Eugene Nagbe
The party said its attention is drawn to President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s response to the November 3, 2017 BBC interview of the Standard Bearer of the Liberty Party, Charles Walker Brumskine, through her Information Minister, Lenn Eugene Nagbe.

According to press release issued over the weekend in Monrovia, the party indicated that President Sirleaf’s statement is not only a dishonor to the Presidency of the nation, but also a total disregard for the loss lives of the hundreds of thousands of Liberians, and the destruction our country, in pursuit of her two-fold quest: to get rid of President Samuel K. Doe, and to gain political power in Liberia.

“During the BBC interview, in response to a question regarding perceived national instability as a result of LP’s legal action against the conduct of the October 10, 2017 Elections, Cllr. Brumskine assured Liberians that the LP’s challenge of the results of the October 10, 2017 elections, which were riddled with gross irregularities, massive fraud, and constitutional violations, would not be like the 1985 elections, when then Senatorial candidate, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, refused to take her seat in the Senate that she is said to have won, but chose to conspire with the likes of Charles Taylor to inflict upon the people of Liberia a horrible Civil War. He noted that the LP’s legal action in no way represents any threat to national stability, but rather sought to strengthen Liberia’s democracy and peace.”

The release added that Cllr. Brumskine reiterated his commitment to ensuring that LP’s action is, and will continue to be, one that is consistent with the Rule of Law in Liberia. The LP Leader drew a clear dichotomy, using historical facts and evidence, between the politics of President Sirleaf, who saw the barrel of the gun as a way of righting the wrongs of society, and Liberia’s new breed of politicians, who are prone to fostering democracy through open challenge and utilization of the justice system. The LP reiterates the commitment made by Cllr. Brumskine in assuring Liberians that no one will lose his/her life, and not a single drop of blood will be spilled, as a result of LP’s disagreement with the results of the fraud-ridden elections,
In her attempt to absolve herself of her involvement in election fraud, President Sirleaf forgot to mention that one of her office staff, Mr. Amos Siebo, was caught with a NEC voter ID card producing materia. She forgot to mention the correlation between “missing” NEC voter ID Card producing materials and the ls fraud that has marred the 2017 electoral process, thereby necessitating the cases filed by LP with the NEC and the Supreme Court of Liberia. She forgot to draw the line between these actions and the propensity to foster conflict in Liberia. Rather, she elected to describe the elections process as fair and transparent, even though several political parties including the Alternative National Congress, the All Liberia Party and the Unity Party, President Sirleaf’s very own Party, and one which holds a spot in the runoff elections, have described the process as fraudulent and have filed the necessary papers to join LP’s legal pursuit of justice. Instead of focusing her message to the Liberian people during this time on the numerous acts of elections rigging and voters’ disenfranchisement that has marred the integrity of the electoral process, President Sirleaf chose to attack Cllr. Brumskine, in an attempt to cover the exposed feet of the dead of Liberia’s Civil War, whom she believes are buried in the sand of impunity.
According to the release, some of the issues that President Sirleaf should be focused and providing answers to the Liberian people on include the contract for the printing of Voter Registration Forms (VRF) were awarded to a company, Inkript of Lebanon. According to the Public Procurement and Concessions Commission (PPCC), this company should not have been awarded the contract because it did not meet the requirements. However, the decision of the PPCC was overridden by a higher political decision. Who was that higher power?
“The NEC ordered 4,181,500 Voter Registration Forms (VRF) with Optical Mark Recognition (OMR) from Inkript. Why would NEC order this quantity if only half of Liberia’s 4.5 million voters were eligible to register as voters and only about 2.1 million are said to have actually registered?”
The release also pointed out that a direct consequence of having twice as many VRF as the number of persons eligible to register or who actually registered to vote, provided the environment for Amos Siebo, a staff of President Sirleaf’s office, and many others unknown, to be given some of the excess VRF, from which they were able to make hundreds of thousands voter registration cards, have them distributed all over the country, and used to obtain ballots to vote on Elections Day.
“The VRF printed by Inkript, the same company PPCC had advised against awarding the contract, were substandard, and consequently the Voter Registration Cards could not be read by the scanner machine, which the NEC had purchased from DRS, UK. Why would NEC accept these faulty VRFs into the process?”
The party`s release insists that the NEC is required, by law, to publish the Final Registration Roll (FRR) of voters, in order to allow registered voters the opportunity to verify that their name is properly placed on the FRR. This was never done and as a result no one knew who were or were not on the FRR.
“Persons with voter registration cards issued by the likes of the Amos Siebo were authorized by the NEC to vote, although their names were not on the “FRR.” At some Polling Places there were no “FRR,” but note books, in which certain names were recorded, and only those were allowed to vote.”
The party also noted that Madam President cited the Chairman of the NEC, Jerome Korkoya, and Electoral Magistrates from all over the country to her house, prior to the elections, to give her final instructions. When the meeting came to light, Madam President claimed that the purpose of her meeting was to “ensure free and fair elections.” If President Sirleaf was really concerned about free and fair elections, one can only wonder, why has an administrative investigation not been conducted to determine whom at the NEC gave the election materials to Amos Siebo?
Madam President is aware of the incidents of electoral fraud that have been made public—the covers of ballot boxes that have been found, following the illegal opening of ballot boxes by Presiding Officers; Presiding Officers that were caught with pre-marked ballots in their possessions; a Presidential Candidate receiving 1,109 votes at Polling Places that should have had not more than 500 registered voters; Polling Places that should have had not more than 500 registered voters allotted 2,250 ballot papers; ballot boxes were reopened after polling had closed, ballots counted, and ballot boxes sealed, only to perpetrate fraud, and the list goes on. Yet President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf contends that the October 10, 2017 Presidential and Representatives Elections were free and fair.
The party said among other things that Madam President on September 21, 2017, during a political rally of the Liberty Party, authorized by the NEC and approved by the Liberian National Police, in Saniquellie, Nimba County, members of the CDC invaded our rally and brutally stabbed three members of Liberty Party, why have you not ensured that the culprits are brought to justice? Painfully, Police Director Gregory Coleman told Liberians on October 23, 2017, via OK FM 99.5, to the effect that some high-ranking officials of CDC are to be prosecuted for commission of the crimes, according to findings from the Police investigation. Sadly, Director Coleman said that it is not feasible to do so now, considering the current security environment. The question we ask, Madam President, where is the Report? Why has it not been made public? Do we have some people above the law because of ‘current security environment’? Where is JUSTICE for our members that were stabbed and our properties that were damaged?
“But, instead and in consonance with the regular display of the abuse of political office that has characterized this administration, President Sirleaf thought it wise to rain disparaging comments about our Standard Bearer, attempting to vindicate herself of any wrongdoing in our country’s bitter past,” the release maintained.

The party further that in her attempt to debunk Cllr. Brumskine on her war records, starting with her refusal to occupy the senatorial seat she had won in 1985 Elections, she claims that she declined occupation of the seat because she did not want to work in a dictatorial regime under President Samuel K. Doe. However, she fails to recall that she contested for the senatorial seat in the very same election where Mr. Doe was a Presidential candidate. Did she not know when she was contesting that Mr. Doe, one of the candidates vying for the presidency, could have emerged as president?”
It said the fact of the matter is that Madam President and her cohorts already had a plan to perfect their evil design against President Doe, in total disregard of the impact to the Liberian people. This plot is revealed in an open letter from Tarloh Munah Quiwonkpa, the late Thomas Quiwonkpa’s widow, to President Sirleaf in which she seeks answers about her husband’s death resulting from the 1985 failed coup attempts against President Doe, in which she states that Sirleaf was one of the organizers.
“When that plan failed, she absconded the country, solicited funding, teamed up with disgruntled elements and provided financial support to support Charles Taylor and waged a ferocious war against the Liberian people, all in the name of “revolution” – a war that resulted in the total ravaging and debilitation of our nation for 14 years. At the end of this, the very Ellen Johnson Sirleaf who claims to have not wanted the senatorial seat in President Doe’s “dictatorial” administration in 1985 turned around in 2003 and contested to head the Interim Government, and solicited the support of the same rebel leaders who were responsible for the many years of civil conflict in Liberia. Even the rebel factions rejected her bid for the Interim Government Chairmanship in favor of the “politically neutral” candidate Charles Gyude Bryant. They knew too well the real Ellen Johnson Sirleaf,” the release added among other things.

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