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Victory for Change Party Eyes Merger

Cllr. Emmanuel A. Tulay, Nat’l Chairman

Victory for Change Party’s (VCP) National Chairman, Cllr. Emmanuel A. Tulay, has disclosed plans by the party to merge with other political parties ahead of the 2017 elections.

Cllr. Tulay said, during the party’s convention held on April 22, 2017, in Gbarnga, Bong County, the party’s National Executive Committee (NEC) sought mandate to discuss collaboration with other political parties.

Speaking with the In Profile Daily on Monday at the party’s headquarters in Monrovia, the VCP Chairman revealed that discussions are being held with several political parties aimed at forming a coalition or an alliance.

He named the Movement for Economic Empowerment (MOVEE), Liberty Party (LP), Alternative National Congress (ANC) and the Movement for Progressive Change (MPC) as political parties with which the VCP has begun discussions while planning to meet the ruling Unity Party (UP) and others.

Commenting on the convention, Cllr. Tulay explained that delegates elected officers of the party, including him, for the next six years. He was re-elected Chairman. The elected officials include: Cllr. Emmanuel A. Tulay, National Chairman; Dr. Kettehkumuehn Murray, Vice Chair for Administration; David A. Kankalan, Vice Chair for Operations, Mobilization & Recruitment; Linda Kherkei, Vice Chiar for Gender & Social Services; Joe K. Williams, Vice Chair for Election Commission and A. Nyenpan Saytue, National Secretary General, among others and county coordinators.

According to him, the convention could not elect the party’s political leader because two persons who declared intention for the post did not turn out after former standard bearer, Cllr. Marcus Jones, told the party he was no longer interested.

As a result, Cllr. Tulay said the two persons in question will be notified in two weeks of a new date for the election as well as local primaries. He further noted that post for Vice Chairperson for Governmental Affairs and Vice Chairperson for Gender and Social Affairs remains vacant because nobody has applied for it.

Cllr. Tulay indicated that, if efforts to collaborate do not work, they will go to election, adding, “We will also go to the poll with our legislative candidates if we don’t get standard bearer.”

Meanwhile, the VCP Chairman said he was happy for the encouraging turnout at the convention, commending the convention committee, delegates and other invitees for making the event successful. Cllr. Tulay said 90 percent of the party delegates from across Liberia graced the convention, saying, “We could not reach the balance 10 percent due to drop in signals (mobile network) and other factors. But we are making sure to connect with them on the ongoing development of the party.”

Also during the convention, Cllr. Tulay said the National Executive Committee (NEC) made reports to the delegates on the working of the party and sought mandates to approve decisions, and amendments by the Committee.