Speaking at a news conference held in collaboration with the Rainbow Alliance (RA), the Student Unification Party (SUP) of the state-run University of Liberia and a cross-section of civil society organizations at the headquarters of ANC and CPP in Monrovia on Wednesday, December 2, 2020, Mr. Cummings asserted that the recent ruling by the nation’s highest court is an abuse of discretionary power that gives no direction to the political survival of the country. He then called for the immediate resignation of all justices of the Supreme Court for what he termed as the “partisan nature and lack of courage” of the Supreme Court.
“Again, we seize this moment to re-emphasize our disappointment with the Supreme Court of Liberia, which refused to hear our concerns through a Petition for a Writ of Mandamus to clean the voters roll; and which issued a ruling on the national referendum that was so vague as to be lacking in enforcement,” he stated. “We reject and rebuke the Supreme Court abuse of discretionary power to hear our mandamus and its spineless and ambivalent ruling giving no direction to the political survival of this country. Given the partisan nature and lack of courage of the Supreme Court, we demand the immediate resignation of all justices of the Supreme Court,” he pointed out.
The CPP leader also accused the National Elections Commission (NEC) of gross violation of the country’s elections law by marginalizing opposition political parties, who are major players in the political process by not involving them in the voters’ roll cleansing exercise, as well as unilaterally manufacturing a gazette out to rush the planned referendum. “Fellow Liberians, we would like to inform you that even at the point where ECOWAS stepped in to help us clean the Voter Roll, the National Elections Commission still did not find it prudent to involve political parties in the clean-up process or at least observe the exercise in utter disrespect of our role as prime elections stakeholders and the fact that it is our complaint that gave rise to the ordering of the clean-up exercise by the court,” Cummings indicated.
“Beyond the marginalization of political parties in elections matters, the NEC has also in some instances proceeded in violation of our elections laws. For instance, Chapter 3.6 of the elections law requires that the Final Voter Roll be made available to the public through election magistrates across the country. Unfortunately, all efforts by the technical team of the CPP and other political parties to have copies of the FRR have yielded no results. With just less than a week to elections, the NEC is yet to provide us copies of the FFR or post it on its website; leaving us with no time and opportunity to have our technical team do a scrutiny of the Voter Roll,” he furthered.
The country’s main opposition movements (CPP and RA)also called for the immediate postponement of the ensuing referendum as well as the resignation of all current members of the Board of Commissioners of NEC due to what they termed as the “partisan role” played by the Commission. “In view of all the illegality attendant to the upcoming referendum, the CPP, the Rainbow Coalition; SUP, other Opposition Political Parties and Civil Society Organizations present at this press conference hereby request a cancellation and postponement of the referendum and demand a resignation of the current Board of Commissioners of the NEC, given their partisan nature, inexperience and ineptitude.”
“Should the government insist on proceeding with the referendum, we urge all of our supporters and well-meaning Liberians to boycott the referendum on December 8, 2020 and only go to the polls to vote Senatorial Candidates and Representative Candidates for the Bi-elections. We do not rule out possible legal actions if NEC insists on holding the planned illegal referendum. We cannot and will not participate in an unconstitutional process. We reserve the right to peacefully assemble and will be doing so over the coming days to call attention to our legitimate demands,” the ANC, Rainbow and others demanded.
“We would also like to warn the CDC and the NEC that we are aware of plans to rig the Senatorial Elections. We have put in place all measures to protect our votes and would resist vehemently any attempts to thwart the will of the people,” they, among other things, added.