Speaking at the weekend at a news conference ahead of the nationwide primaries, which are expected to kick off on July 15, 2020, the Chairperson of the ensuing congress, Mr. Jefferson Tamba Koijee, warned individuals against presenting themselves ahead of the primaries.
According to Koijee, who is also the Chairman of the Youth League of the Congress for Democratic Change (CDC), no one is a candidate until the primaries are held.The Monrovia City Corporation (MCC) boss indicated that the party does not favor anyone, and as such, no one should present himself/herself as a party favorite as the primaries will be conducted in a free and fair manner.
As it was during the time of the former ruling Unity Party (UP) led government, several persons, defected or rejoined the CDC in a bid to seek greener pasture ahead of the 2020 Special Senatorial Election slated for December this year.
But Koijee further warned that joining or rejoining the party does not make anyone automatically a candidate for the coalition.“We have no interest nor candidate in these processes. The decision to elect an individual will be made by the partisans of the CDC and not few individuals,” asserted Koijee.
He added that the presence of the representative from the Liberia People Democratic Party (LPDP) and the National Patriotic Party (NPP) two constituent parties of the ruling CDC is a clear manifestation of the CDC’s collaboration.
In a bid to contest the primaries, each aspirant is asked to pay a total sum of US$1,500.00 as registration fee.In a party’s statement, which was read by a member of the party, Mr. Emmanuel T.T. Swen, the amount to be paid is not refundable.
“As we gear toward the conduct of the senatorial mid-term election, all applicants wanting to contest on the ticket of the CDC will have to pay a nonrefundable [fee] of US$1,500 among other requirements,” the committee said.
He called on all applicants wishing to contest the primaries to meet all requirements set forth by the National Elections Commission NEC for qualification to contest the senatorial mid-tern election.Swen, an Assistant Minister at the Ministry of Mines and Energy, disclosed that the primaries are scheduled to take place from 15-30 July.
“All partisans or members of the CDC must be in compliance with the Code of Conduct and must be in good standing and willing to participate in the party’s primaries that will be conducted by its organizing committee,” stated the statement. Meanwhile, about 33,900 delegates are expected to attend the ensuing primaries of the CDC.