‘No UP, No Lofa Elections’ Says Ambassador Boakai

Ambassador Joseph Nyuma Boakai, Former Vice President of Liberia and Standard Bearer of the Unity Party, Tuesday received in audience the UN Resident Coordinator in Liberia, Mr. Niels Scott, who paid a courtesy call at the UP Headquarters on Broad Street, Monrovia.

The UN Resident Coordinator, who has been in Liberia for over a year, said he was calling on the UP Standard Bearer for the first time to get acquainted and to avail himself with political development and trending issues in the country from the UP’s perspectives.

The Former Vice President welcomed Mr. Scott to his office and informed him that the Unity Party is presently involved with the qualification hearings before the National Elections Commission (NEC) about the placement of the UP’s candidate on the ballot for the May 10 senatorial by-election scheduled for Lofa County, which is being unconstitutionally challenged by the Musa Bility-faction of the Liberty Party and the Alternative National Congress Party of Alexander B. Cummings.

Ambassador Boakai said it was a pleasant coincidence that the UN Resident Coordinator came to visit him a day before the Unity Party had already planned a peaceful march to present petitions to the international community and assured him that UP will use the due process in pursuit of its political mission and goals.

The UP’s Standard Bearer further commented on the state of affairs regarding the May 10 by-elections in Lofa, noting that the process before the National Elections Commission is flawed and a total miscarriage of Justice and that there will be no elections in Lofa County without the Unity Party’s candidate on the ballot.

He emphasized that the Unity Party will not accept a repeat of the Brownie Samukai scenario, during which citizens of Lofa County were disenfranchised. The Former Vice President re-echoed what he said a fortnight ago that let the word go forth that the Unity Party and the People of Lofa County had had enough and will no longer continue to be insulted, disrespected, and disenfranchised by the CDC Government of President Weah.

Looking forward to the 2023 Presidential and General Elections, the UP’s Standard Bearer said that the Unity Party will demand for a new Voters Roll and the use of a Biometric system to ensure a level playing field that will guarantee free and fair national elections, the best guarantor of peace and national reconciliation.

Amb. Boakai, who was Vice President for 12 years, then praised the cordial working relationships with past UN Representatives in Liberia, and said he looks forward working with Ambassador Scott.

Present during the meeting with the UN Resident Coordinator were high-ranking officials of the UP’s National Executive Committee and members of the UP Legislative Caucus, which included, the Chairman of the UP Legislative Caucus, Hon. Hassan Kiazolu, Senator Prince Moye, Hon. Clarence Massaquoi, Hon. Ben Fofana and other members. The Unity Party Leadership attending the meeting was represented by its Chairman, Mr. Amin Modad, Madam Dabah Varpilah, First Vice Chair, Mr. Isaac Manneh, Vice Chairman for Governmental Affairs, Mr. Mo Ali, Secretary General, Madam Selena Mappy, Chairlady Women Congress, Mr. Lansana Fofana, Chairman of Youth Congress, Mr. Jake Kabakole, Acting. COS, office of the Former Vice President, amongst others.

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