Liberty Party Exposes Improprieties by Liberia’s National Elections Commissions
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
JULY 9, 2017
Less than 48 hours after the National Elections Commission (NEC) decision to summarily, arbitrarily
and unlawfully reject the nomination of Liberty Party’s Vice Standard Bearer, Harrison Karnwea, the
NEC command, without an investigation, in keeping with law, has again decided to extend the
nomination process because its preferred candidate, Joseph Nyemah Boakai, has been unable to
decide on a running mate, 2 years after he made his decision to run for president.
These actions by NEC clearly shows that it is controlled by the Unity Party. It is blatant that the
extension is intended only to give VP Boakai additional time to decide who he would have as his
This action is alarming, not only for its brazen attempt to derail the elections, but also because of
the public manner in which the election process has been hi-jacked by the unholy alliance of the
ruling Unity Party and the NEC, an institution that should be a neutral arbiter in the process.
There is simply no reason for extending the deadline of the nomination process. Why would an
elections commission, that claims it lacks adequate funding to conduct the elections, impose
additional expense on itself simply to accommodate the Vice President’s inability to make a decision?
The Legislature, in its wisdom, amended Section 4.5 of the Elections Law to provide that, “The list of
Candidates shall be received by the Commission not later than ninety days (90) days before the
election.” That was the legal basis for the July 11 deadline—90 days prior to the ensuing Presidential
and General Elections. The NEC has no authority, legal or otherwise, to extend the deadline for filing
the names of candidates.
Additionally, Section 2.9 – Power and Duties of the Elections Commission states that, “The
Commission, as an autonomous agency of Government, independent of any branch of the
Government, shall have the following powers and duties…Sub-section (h) provides that, Formulate
and enforce guidelines controlling the conduct of all elections for elective public offices which
guidelines shall not be inconsistent with the provisions of the Constitution and the Elections Law.”
As such, the decision of the NEC to extend the statutory guideline is illegal, as it is inconsistent and
contravenes the Elections Law, as quoted above. Even more important, NEC‘s actions shows a blatant
disregard for the Elections Law.
Liberty Party hereby gives notice that it will challenge in court the validity of the receipt of any
document by the NEC from Vice President Boakai or the ruling Unity Party after the deadline as
required by law.
We call on the International community, elections observers, our developmental partners and all
peace-loving Liberians to engage the President of Liberia in an effort to immediately arrest this
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situation. We will not sit idly by and allow the NEC to hijack the democratic suffrage of the Liberian
We again remind the President that her legacy is tied to the credibility and transparency of these
elections. Madam President, you came to power in Liberia after 14 years of a brutal Civil War, started
because of election fraud, which destroyed our country, killed about 250,000 Liberians, and
displaced many more. As a peace-loving political party, we are calling upon you not to allow
activities under your watch to give excuse to those who are prone to violence to cause trouble in our
country. Allow the elections to be free and fair.
A. DARIUS DILLON
ACTING NATIONAL CHAIR