Liberia: ‘Cease to proceed’, NEC Calls For Halt to Planned Liberty Party Convention in Gbarnga
Monrovia – The National Elections Commission (NEC), through its chief hearing officer Cllr. Muana S. Ville, has told Mr. Musa Bility, chairman of Liberty Party, to halt all pending convention activities.
In a communication dated November 2, 2022, the NEC through its hearing officer mandated Mr. Ignatius Wesseh, NEC’s director on political Affairs, to mandate Mr. Bility and others to cease from proceeding with their planned convention that should have taken in Gbarnga, Bong County.
The NEC’s decision is based on a complaint filed to the Commission against Bility and others, after the case was forwarded to the hearing officer for investigation.
“You are further mandated to inform the respondent that failure to comply with these mandates, the results of said convention will not be acknowledged or accepted by the National Elections Commission.”
For some time now, executives and supporters of the Liberty Party have been divided politically, with a faction of executive members pledging support and loyalty to either Bility or their political leader Senator Nyonblee-Karnga Lawrence.
The division and lawsuits which rocked the party stemmed from accusations made against Mr. Bility and Secretary-General Martin Kollah of being the masterminds behind the alleged altering of the 2021 constitution which was adopted at the Gbarnga Convention in 2020.
Some executives and stalwarts of the party claim that Mr. Bility and the others allegedly tempered with the constitution, giving him (Bility) most of the powers prescribed to the Political Leader and the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the party in general.
The feud within the party deepened when Mr. Bility and his supporters openly endorsed Mr. Alexander Cummings of the Alternative National Congress (ANC) to head the ticket of the CPP come the 2023 general and presidential elections, and expelled Senator Lawrence and other executives from the party for their alleged failure to pay dues.