‘CPP Lawsuit against NEC is Self-Defeating’
…Samuel Jackson asserts
A prominent Liberian politician has criticized the Main Opposition Bloc, the Collaborating Political Parties (CPP) for lawsuit against the National Elections Commission (NEC).
It can be recalled that recently, the CPP filed in a petition to the Supreme Court of Liberia, which is regarded as the final arbiter of justice in the country, requesting the Commission to halt the Biometric Voter Registration Exercise.
But Mr. Samuel Jackson described the CPP’s legal redress as ‘‘self-defeating’’.
According to him, there is no clear line in the 1986 Constitution which prohibits the conduct of voter registration exercise before the creation of a new threshold.
Mr. Jackson, who made these assertions when he appeared on the ELBC Super Morning Show on Tuesday, April 11, 2023, pointed out that, ‘‘In the absence of the new threshold, a resolution can be passed and voters in current electoral districts can vote as was done in 2025 and 2011”.
Meanwhile, Mr. Jackson has commended the Coalition for Democratic Change(CDC)-led Government for undertaking meaningful development programs aimed at improving the wellbeing of the nation and its people, amid limited donor funding.
On Tuesday, April 11, 2023, the Chairperson of the NEC, Madam Davidetta Browne Lansanah, issued a statement in which she officially announced that Phase One of the Biometric Voter Registration ended on Sunday, 9 April 2023 in the Six Counties of Bomi, Grand Bassa, Grand Cape Mount, Gbarpolu, Margibi, and Montserrado Counties.
The Commission reports that the just ended Biometric Voter Registration exercise in Phase One was very successful ‘‘because, you, Liberians 18 years and above, turned out in great numbers, and were registered even with the initial glitches, technical problems and filed challenges which the Commission’s Technical and Administrative Teams resolved on site’’.
The Commission extends thanks to all temporary staff for their commitment and dedicated services during the Biometric Voter Registration, as well the Commission extends appreciation to all Liberians in general and Stakeholders and Actors and the International and Regional Communities for their numerous field observations and feed back to the Commission on the BVR process.
Owners of facilities used as Registration Centers, the NEC says thank you for your patriotism and that the Commission looks forward to this high level cooperation on your part for the pending general Elections in October this year.
The National Elections Commission appreciates the role of the Joint Security in responding and maintaining the peace which allowed the BVR process to proceed in congested communities.
The Commission thanks the government for its continuing strives to fund the Voter Registration.
The Commission extends appreciation to the Ministry of Internal Affairs for local government support to field staff deployed and in many cases, accommodation in the 6 counties of phase one the Commission looks forward to this support in phase two of the Biometric Voter Registration in the coming days.
As well the Commission extends its appreciation to the Ministry of Education for its role in ensuing educational facilities were made available to the voter registration process