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-As CDC Distances Itself
The Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) has distanced itself from statement issued by seven political parties in defense of the National Elections Commission (NEC) boss, Cllr. Jerome Korkoya.

The CDC acting chairman, Representative Moses Y. Kollie of Lofa County asserted that the statement is not the official position of the coalition and as such, those involved are only doing it on their own.

“We did not mandate Morlu to speak on this matter. The coalition has a secretary general who speaks on behalf of us on these kinds of issues. We have not issued any statement for the record,” Representative Kollie told journalists.

The Lofa County lawmaker made the assertion during the early morning hours on Tuesday, April 18, 2017 in Monrovia, when he phoned in live on the OKAY FM morning news, aired on 99.5FM.

He indicated that should the party make a definite position on the ongoing NEC boss` saga, the party’s governing council, according to him would have to meet to first to discuss so as to provide a clear position of the party, thus, any other position, like the Morlu’s statement other than the party’s official stance on the matter would be considered null and avoid.

The CDC acting chairman disclosed that the party’s governing council meets every Wednesday and as such, the council next meeting would consider the action by Morlu very seriously which he said would be administratively handled.

The CDC disclaimer comes a day after the issuance of the statement by its own vice chairman for mobilization, Mulbah Morlu at the headquarters of the Change Democratic Action (CDA) in Slipway, Central Monrovia.

It can be recalled that about seven political parties including the CDC issued a joint statement in defense of the National Elections Commission (NEC) boss, Cllr. Jerome Korkoya as tension brews over his resignation for allegedly carrying an American passport.

The seven political parties which include the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC), Movement for Progressive Change (MPC), Victory for Change Party (VCP), Victory for Change Party (VCP), Change Democratic Action (CDA), All Liberia Coalition Party (ALCOP) and the Union of Liberia Democrats (ULD) have termed calls for the resignation of Chairman Korkoya has ill-advised, untimely and counterproductive.

Addressing a news conference Monday, April 17, 2017 in Monrovia, CDC vice chairman for mobilization, Mulbah Morlu said the leaderships of these political parties expressed a fearless resolution to remaining viable partners in fostering a sustainable implementation of the October 10, 2017 general and presidential elections in the country.

Morlu asserted that he NEC under Cllr. Korkoya with help from its international partners, has made some recognizable progress in the pursuit of its constitutional duty, thus, the NEC has already presided over several crucial steps that according to him culminated to the upcoming elections to a half-way mechanism.

“Acknowledging the efforts of the current administration of the National Elections Commission and its international partners in the pursuit of this constitutional duty, though additional efforts would be expected in strengthening the commission’s technical, logistical and personnel infrastructure, we have and taken into account recognizable progress of the current elections timetable under the Jerome Korkoya chaired commission,” CDC Morlu maintained. Meanwhile, since the issuance of the statement, CDC is the first political party to distance itself for now.

By: Jackson C. Clay, Jr.

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