Some core objectives of the VRU are to ensure that Liberians who have reached the age of 18 and qualified under the laws of Liberia are registered to vote and that Liberians who did not register in 2017 during the nationwide voter registration will also have the chance to be captured on the roll. The CPP comprises of the four main opposition political parties, namely: the former ruling Unity Party (UP), Liberty Party (LP), Alternative National Congress (ANC) and All Liberian Party (ALP). The VRU, which began September 11, 2020 and expected to end tomorrow, Friday, September 25, 2020, has been conducted for the past two weeks amidst series of allegations, including voters trucking, aliens’ registration, registration of minors as well as double registration.
The CPP, in a statement, said it will file a Petition for the Writ of Prohibition before the Supreme Court calling for an immediate halt and cancellation of the ongoing VRU exercises until these issues, which according to it, border on the credibility of the elections are fully addressed. “On Friday of this week, our lawyers will file a Petition for the Writ of Prohibition before the Supreme Court calling for an immediate halt and cancellation of the ongoing Voter Roll Update Exercises until these issues which border on the credibility of the elections are fully addressed. We ask all of our supporters to assemble at the Headquarters of the Liberty Party at 10 A.M on Friday for a special march to the Temple of Justice where the action will be filed,” said the collaborating political parties.
The opposition movement also vowed to conduct a comprehensive communications/awareness across the country to inform its followers across the country about what it terms as a “danger of what the Coalition for Democratic Change(CDC)-led Government and its NEC” are doing to “rig the election and cause election disputes across our country”. “At a later date to be announced, the opposition bloc led by the CPP and Rainbow Coalition will engage in a civil but sustained political action until the very serious issues we have raised are addressed. These political actions will take place in all 15 counties, but with focus on our capital. We will draw the attention of the world to the blatant display of the poor handling of our electoral processes which has the propensity to derail our fragile peace and security,” the parties indicated.
“Fellow Liberians, what we have detailed about our experience with the NEC present very troubling signs for our country. We have shown significant good faith and abided by all NEC rules including the submission of all our candidates for the 15 counties. However, what this government and its Elections Commissioners are doing is a recipe for elections disputes which have had devastating consequences on our country in the past,” the CPP’s statement added.