Editorial: CPP Standard Bearer Cummings Concerned About Free, Transparent, Fair Elections In October
THE STANDARD BEARER of the Collaborating Political Parties (CPP), Alexander Benedict Cummings, has raised concern about the capacity of the National Elections Commission (NEC) to conduct free, fair and transparent elections on October 10.
CUMMINGS SAID, UNLIKE the past administration of President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf when the opposition community recommended Liberians for appointment to the NEC, President George Weah has elected to appoint all the NEC commissioners.
THE CPP STANDARD Bearer however said that, while the CPP is seriously concerned about this matter, it will however monitor and ensure that the October 10 elections are conducted freely, fairly and transparently. He said President George Manneh Weah has the Constitutional responsibility to ensure free, fair and transparent elections, without violence.
THE MAJOR OPPOSITION leader further commented on free and credible elections as it relates to the over-decoration of major streets and light poles in Monrovia with President Weah’s campaign photos. Cummings said these are sure signs and indications that the CDC wants to cheat, “and it is setting the stage with false claims of one-round victory”.
THE CPP STANDARD BEARER said these political gimmicks and the wasteful spending of the taxpayers money to fund the CDC campaign amount to abuse of power and gross misuse of public resources.
ON THE GROWING insecurity in Liberia, Cummings said a CPP government would ensure a functional independent Judiciary and judges, as well as provision of professional training for all security apparatus, including the police and soldiers, with adequate compensation aimed at improving the criminal justice system.
HE SAID AN improved security environment, with a trusted and independent judicial system, will attract direct foreign investments that will also help to create massive jobs for Liberians.