News / Africa

Liberia's Opposition CDC Issues Demands Days Before Runoff Vote

Liberia's Opposition CDC Issues Demands Days Before Runoff Vote
Liberia's Opposition CDC Issues Demands Days Before Runoff Vote

Multimedia

Audio
  • Listen to Butty interview with George Solo of the CDC

James Butty

Liberia’s opposition Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) party has outlined a number of conditions it says must be met before it will participate in the November 8 presidential runoff election.

George Solo, a CDC spokesman and deputy campaign manager, said the demands include a 50-50 representation by the CDC and the ruling Unity Party on the National Elections Commission (NEC) which is organizing the vote.

“We talked about the process of the reconstitution of NEC and the commissioners.  We talked about the executive of the whole institution being held accountable and change for transparency.  We want [it] to reflect representation of the political stakeholders on the board,” he said.

The CDC said the ad-hoc members should have voting rights and be compensated like other members.

“All the commissioners carry the mandate for voting rights and the ad-hoc commissioners should have the same so that, in the event of a tie, they can come in [and] break the tie,” Solo said.

The CDC also said it wants international election monitors to be not mere observers, but fully involved in the process.

“There’s a strong disparity for us between observers and monitors. Monitors carry a little bit more responsibility.  [They] can actually critique and correct issues in the process while it is going on.  We want monitors, not observers,” Solo said.

CDC presidential candidate Winston Tubman told a news conference Monday that the party would take part in the runoff now that elections commission chairman James Fromayan has resigned.

The CDC had accused him of supporting incumbent President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf in the first round vote.

Solo said, if their demands are met and the party sees a semblance of a fair and transparent electoral process, the CDC will take part in the ballot.

"The general assumption is that you either meet our demands or approval or you don’t.  So, the portions of it [CDC demands] that we find to be the most relevant obviously will be highlighted to be resolved,” said Solo.  “But, if all of it is not resolved and we have a semblance of a free, fair and transparent process, we will engage,” he said.

Solo brushed aside criticism by some who say the CDC was making these last-minute demands in order to avoid contesting the runoff election.  He said the CDC is not afraid of participating in the election.

“We are afraid of no one.  We have numerical strength.  We have the campaign mechanism that was never deactivated.  We stand ready and able to prove the will of the Liberian people through the voting of the Congress for Democratic Change,” Solo said.

He said, if the ruling Unity Party also believes it has the numerical strength, it should join the CDC in calling for the reconstitution of the NEC.

The CDC also calls for the United Nations Mission in Liberia [UNMIL] to provide security for all election materials, and that the both parties should have full knowledge of the locations and accessibility of all election materials before, during and after the election.

Solo said this demand is necessary because the CDC documented evidence of ballot tampering during the first-round vote on October 11.

“We presented pictures of people playing around with ballot boxes in the middle of the night.  If you’ve seen those pictures on Facebook, or in reality, there’s no need to question the validity of having those ballot boxes being secured,” Solo said.

You May Like

Video Positive Messaging Helps Revamp Ethiopia's Image

In country once connected with war, poverty, famine, headlines now focus on fast-growing economy, diplomatic reputation More

Russian Activist Thinks Kremlin Ordered Nemtsov's Death

Alexei Navalny says comments of Russian liberals who think government wasn't involved are 'nonsense.' More

Video Land Disputes Rise Amid Uganda Oil Boom

Investors appear to be cashing in by selling parcels of land to multiple buyers More

This forum has been closed.
Comments
     
There are no comments in this forum. Be first and add one

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Positive Messaging Transforms Ethiopia's Imagei
X
Marthe van der Wolf
March 03, 2015 9:03 PM
Ethiopia was once known for famine and droughts. Now, headlines more often point to its fast-growing economy and its emergence as a regional peacemaker. How has Addis Ababa changed the narrative? VOA's Marthe van der Wolf reports.
Video

Video Positive Messaging Transforms Ethiopia's Image

Ethiopia was once known for famine and droughts. Now, headlines more often point to its fast-growing economy and its emergence as a regional peacemaker. How has Addis Ababa changed the narrative? VOA's Marthe van der Wolf reports.
Video

Video Cyber War Rages Between Iran, US

A newly published report indicates Iran and the United States have increased their cyber attacks on each other, even as their top diplomats are working toward an agreement to guarantee Iran does not develop a nuclear weapon and to free Iran from international sanctions. The development is part of a growing global trend. VOA’s Al Pessin reports from London.
Video

Video Answers Elude Families of MH370 Passengers

For the families on board Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, an airline official’s statement nearly one year ago that the plane had lost contact with air traffic control at 2:40 AM is the only thing that remains confirmed. William Ide reports.
Video

Video Land Disputes Arise Amid Uganda Oil Boom

Ugandan police say there has been a sharp increase in land disputes, with 10 new cases being reported each day. The claims come amid an oil boom as investors appear to be cashing in by selling parcels of land to multiple buyers. Meanwhile, the people who have been living on the land for decades are chased away, sometimes with a heavy hand. VOA's Serginho Roosblad reports.
Video

Video In Russia, Many Doubt Opposition Leader's Killer Will Be Found

The funeral has been held in Moscow for Boris Nemtsov, the opposition leader who was assassinated late Friday just meters from the Kremlin. Nemtsov joins a growing list of outspoken critics of Russia under the leadership of President Vladimir Putin who are believed to have been murdered for their work. VOA’s Daniel Schearf reports from Moscow.
Video

Video Simulated Astronauts Get Taste of Mars, in Hawaii

For generations, people have dreamed of traveling to Mars to explore Earth's closest planetary neighbor. VOA's Mike O'Sullivan reports that while space agencies like NASA are planning manned missions to the planet, some volunteers in Hawaii are learning how humans will cope with months in isolation on a Mars base.
Video

Video Destruction of Iraq Artifacts Shocks Archaeologists

The city of Mosul was once one of the most culturally rich and religiously diverse cities in Iraq. That tradition is under attack by members of the Islamic State who have made Mosul their capital city. The Mosul Museum is the latest target of the group’s campaign of terror and destruction, and is of grave concern to archaeologists around the world. VOA’s Kane Farabaugh reports.
Video

Video Smartphones May Help in Diagnosing HIV

Diagnosing infections such as HIV requires expensive clinical tests, making the procedure too costly for many poor patients or those living in remote areas. But a new technology called lab-on-a-chip may make the tests more accessible to many. VOA’s George Putic reports.
Video

Video Afghan Refugees Complain of Harassment in Pakistan

Afghan officials have expressed concern over reports of a crackdown on Afghan refugees in Pakistan following the Peshawar school attack in December. Reports of mass arrests and police harassment coupled with fear of an uncertain future are making life difficult for a population that fled its homeland to escape war. VOA’s Ayesha Tanzeem reports from Islamabad.
Video

Video Ukrainian Volunteers Prepare to Defend Mariupol

Despite the ongoing ceasefire in Ukraine, soldiers in the city of Mariupol fear that pro-Russian separatists may be getting ready to attack. The separatists must take or encircle the city if they wish to gain land access to Crimea, which was annexed by Russia early last year. But Ukrainian forces, many of them volunteers, say they are determined to defend it. Patrick Wells reports from Mariupol.
Video

Video Moscow Restaurants Suffer in Bad Economy, Look for Opportunity

As low oil prices and Western sanctions force Russia's economy into recession, thousands of Moscow restaurants are expected to close their doors. Restaurant owners face rents tied to foreign currency, while rising food prices mean Russians are spending less when they dine out. One entrepreneur in Moscow has started a dinner kit delivery service for those who want to cook at home to save money but not skimp on quality. VOA's Daniel Schearf reports.
Video

Video Presidential Hopefuls Battle for Conservative Hearts and Minds

One after another, presumptive Republican presidential contenders auditioned for conservative support this week at the Conservative Political Action Conference held outside Washington. The rhetoric was tough as a large field of potential candidates tried to woo conservative support with red-meat attacks on President Barack Obama and Democrats in Congress. VOA Political Columnist Jim Malone takes a look.
Video

Video Southern US Cities Preserve Civil Rights Heritage to Boost Tourism

There has been a surge of interest in the American civil rights movement of the 1950s and '60s, thanks in part to the Hollywood motion picture "Selma." Five decades later, communities in the South are embracing the dark chapters of their past with hopes of luring tourism dollars. VOA's Chris Simkins reports.
Video

Video Deep Under Antarctic Ice Sheet, Life!

With the end of summer in the Southern hemisphere, the Antarctic research season is over. Scientists from Northern Illinois University are back in their laboratory after a 3-month expedition on the Ross Ice Shelf, the world’s largest floating ice sheet. As VOA’s Rosanne Skirble reports, they hope to find clues to explain the dynamics of the rapidly melting ice and its impact on sea level rise.

All About America

Circumventing Censorship

An Internet Primer for Healthy Web Habits

As surveillance and censoring technologies advance, so, too, do new tools for your computer or mobile device that help protect your privacy and break through Internet censorship.
More