Liberia’s leading opposition party, the Congress for Democratic Change, CDC, launches its final campaign as political parties race to the whining down of campaign season for the country’s next Tuesday presidential and general elections.
Information coming from the CDC assert, the party will launch its final campaign rally on Friday and run through Sunday to end the close of the campaign season in keeping with the election laws of Liberia and the guidelines of the National Election Commission, NEC.
The party says they are forced to hold their final campaign rally on the streets to close the campaign season after the Unity Party led government of President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, Africa’s first and only female President and a Harvard trained economist refused them the use of public facilities for their rally. Party officials say the Liberian government refused them the use of the Samuel Kanyon Doe Sports Complex and the Antoinette Tubman Stadium.
The CDC complains that the Unity Party government of President Sirleaf concocted a ploy to deny and refuse the party the use of public facilities in violation of the constitution and election laws of Liberia under the deception that the Samuel Kanyon Doe Sports Complex and Antoinette Tubman Stadium were previously booked by other institutions for unspecified programs, insisting no date was available on the calendar despite the many flexibility and options the party opted for to adjust to any date before the elections but instead, the Liberian government refused their options and adjustment.
An official of the party told this outlet that the motive behind the Unity Party led government refusal is because its standard bearer, President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf is contesting the elections for second term and refusing to permit their party the use of those facilities is the government fearing that the opposition CDC will out perform the Unity Party last Saturday’s campaign rally and only want the images from their rally to remain in the psychics of the Liberian voters until the elections as a psychological ploy that will give the impression the huge gathering indicates the Unity Party is the choice of the Liberian people for this year’s elections and ultimately lure them to vote for the party.
The Carter Center, early this week confirmed that the Unity Party and President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf government have stifled the opposition by refusing them the use of public facilities and other acts of violations of the election laws and constitution of Liberia to disadvantage them, creating a crisis of level playing field. In chastising the government, the Carter Center cities several violations and incidents perpetrated by the Unity party led government against the opposition, especially the Congress for Democratic Change, CDC, the main rival of the Unity Party that is giving the ruling party that is out performing the Unity Party and making the re-election of President Sirleaf to a second term to hang in the balance and how the Minister of Youth and Sports deceptively booked both the Samuel Kanyon Doe Sports Complex, a thirty thousand seating capacity and the Antoinette Tubman Stadium (about 10,000 seating capacity) for unspecified programs for several dates, leaving no availability up to the day of elections with a programs attendants of thirty thousand and ten thousand respectively.
The center said from their investigation, it found the minister’s deception meant to prevent the CDC from using those facilities because the purported programs for which the minister booked those facilities were not specified and real, emphasizing the sports complex was booked for 100 persons use while the Antoinette Tubman Stadium for 30 persons respectively. Other incidents cited in the Carter Center press release called on the government to create a level playing field in keeping with international and national election laws and the Liberian constitution, is the government’s suspension of the Director General of the country’s radio station, the Liberia Broadcasting System for allegedly airing the press conference of the Vice Standard Bearer of Ambassador George Weah of the opposition party Congress for Democratic Change.
The Carter Center calls for investigation into the Director General’s suspension and insist the government create a level playing field for all political parties and desist from displaying the Unity party insignia and campaign banners, signs, and materials on public buildings in keeping with national and international election laws.