Partisans of Liberia’s main opposition party, the Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) in the United States have registered their disagreement with the mother party in Liberia for the expulsion of their standard bearer, Cllr. Winston Tubman in the October 2011 elections and party Chairman, Senator Geraldine Doe-Sherif.
The United States branch of Liberia’s main opposition party, CDC-USA pronouncement came Saturday night during it’s chairmanship debate for the party’s United States chapter election for new corp of leaders.
Responding to question from the audience during the teleconference-style debate on what were the positions of the candidates for the chairmanship of the party on the Standard Bearer, Cllr. Winston Tubman, a former U N diplomat, Mr. Yaada Wloti Hne told the audience that the party has a judiciary arm which is the Grievance Committee where issues and disagreements within the party are resolved in keeping with the constitution of the party. Mr. Hne went on to say the accused is or are given due process where they have the opportunity to defend themselves against the allegations levied against them.
“If the decision to expel the standard bearer and Chairman Doe-Sherif did not derive from or through the ‘Grievances Committee’ which is the sole constitutional framework of the party which handles grievances, conflicts, and allegations and upon whose recommendation action can be take against the accused after they have failed to exonerate themselvesof the allegations levied against themselves, then as far as he is concerned, Cllr Tubman and Senator Doe-Sherif are still Standard Bearer and Chairman respectively because the decisions expelling them from the party were
inconsistent withthe party’s constitution”, Mr. Hne told the well attended debate.For his part, Isaac Vah Tokpa who is also vying for the chairmanship said he found the decision of the mother party, Congress for Democratic Change in Liberia appalling and stressed for Cllr. Tubman, he personally had discussion with him at which time he made that the party was not going to take him the second time as their standard bearer for another election in 2017. Mr. Tokpa said by that discussion it was clear that the United Nations former diplomat would not be on the ticket in 2017, emphasizing the manner in which the standard bearer was driven out of the party was wrong.
Touching on the image of the party both in Liberia and abroad and what needs to be done to revamp the party’s image, both candidates agreed that the wrong perception and public image of the party must be re-created to store respect, trust, confidence, and showcase the competence of the party’s ability to lead the country in the eyes of their compatriots and the larger international community.
According to information released, the main opposition party’s United States branch disclosed that the election for the United States chapter new officials will be he on June 29, 2012 in the city of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the United States during the party’s convention.
Below is the entire unedited audio of the debate.
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