Gen. Abubakar Abdusalami Nullified Elections Results


The Inquirer
Monrovia, Liberia

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The Perspective
Atlanta, Georgia

Posted October 13, 2003

The chief Mediator of the Liberian Peace process, Rt./Gen. Abubakar Abdusalami, has rejected nominees of the 15 political sub-division of Liberia to the National Transitional Assembly of Liberia. The former Nigerian head of state told a news conference yesterday in Monrovia that several objections of been raised by the two rebel groups, the Liberians United for Reconciliation and Democracy (LURD and Movement for Democracy in Liberia (MODEL) over the method and location used for the elections of the counties representatives to thee NTAL.

According to the chief Mediator, particular objections raised were to the fact that those elections were exclusively conducted in Monrovia and not in the various counties, as indicated in the recently signed peace accord on Liberia.

General Abubakar said LURD and MODEL have informed him of similar elections also held in their controlled areas.

He concluded that fresh elections for all the 15 counties shall be conducted in the various counties after the Tuesday Inauguration when security in thee country would gave improved.

With the exception of MODEL, all other stakeholders have presented their list of nominees to the national assembly, saying that MODEL’s list is expected to be sent in later this Monday.

Besides, due to the controversy within the All Liberian Coalition Party (ALCOP), and thee National Democratic Party of Liberia (NDPL), Mr. Abubakar has directed that fresh elections be held yesterday (Sunday) to enable the two parties present their representatives.

Accordingly, the chief Mediator is expected to meet all nominees to the NTLA today at 10:00A.M. at thee Capitol Building.

The NTLA members are also expected to elect the Speaker and deputy speaker during the Meeting but with the absence of the representatives of the various counties, it appears that the elections for the speaker and deputy speaker might not take place.

Meanwhile, representatives elect of the 15 counties yesterday meet in Monrovia and rejected the claim by the ECOWAS chief Mediator, former Nigerian President, Rt/ Gen. Abubakar.
The representatives, in their resolution, argued that their election was based on the Accra Peace Accord which call for the election to be held in Monrovia, taking into consideration of insecurity in the leeward counties.

The representatives also argued that if Gen. Abubakar nullified their election, the election of chairman Gydue Bryant and Vice Chairman Wesley Johnson should also be nullified because, according to them, they were elected outside of Liberia.

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