As Liberia’s democratic process faces hiccup characterized by election disputes, politicians who are pressing forward to see the end of their legal battle continue to come under sharp criticisms that they are holding the country hostage, but those accused say they are seeking legal redress for the good of the country.
Liberians who want to see an immediate end to the stalemate say those pursuing the alleged election frauds and irregularities are doing so due to greed but others who support the legal battle say the rule of law needs to be respected to right the wrought.
“ We know the law, we know our right. Our area is law and we will use it to the best of our ability until we have exhausted every aspect of it,” a partisan of the Liberty Party told those who were in a heated argument at an entertainment center in Paynesville recently said.
Cllr. Charles Brumskine, the Standard Bearer of the LP, who is the lead plaintiff in the election fraud and irregularity case filed by the party at the National Elections Commission, is on record when he said at a press conference following the Supreme Court’s ruling which granted a prohibition in favor of the LP recently, that they had just begun the legal battle with the NEC.
The Liberty Party, Unity Party and other aggrieved political parties and their supporters are being suspected of applying delay tactics to drag the case at NEC until the tenure of the ruling Unity Party expires in January 2018 so that some sort of arrangement can be reached to replace the current government, but the accused have constantly refuted the suspicion, clarifying that they want to set a precedent through the rule of law.
At the same time, attempts have been made by Liberians to persuade Cllr. Brumskine to disengage the legal battle over the 2017 election dispute, but he has reportedly insisted that the law needs to take its course.
“ We only came here to ask him in the name of peace to forget about this court issue so that the country can get back on its feet because right now we are suffering. Things are getting more expensive on the market every day, and the US rate can’t stop going up. We are not politicians, we are mothers who are worried about our children’ future,” a group of women who reportedly went to meet Cllr. Brumskine in Monrovia were quoted as saying.
Like many Liberians, the EU, ECOWAS, US Embassy and the United Nations have expressed concerns over the stalemate, encouraging Liberian stakeholders, politicians and political parties to ensure that Liberia does not plunge into constitutional crisis.