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UPP Elects Businessman Wento Standard Bearer
MONROVIA, October 3 (LINA) - The United People’s Party (UPP) has elected on white ballot businessman MacDonald Wento as Standard Bearer for the presidential and legislative elections in October, 2017.
Also elected to serve on the party’s Executive Committee are T.Q. Harris, National Chairman; Wayfa Florence Ciapha, National Vice Chairman for Administration; Blamoh Nelson, National Vice Chairman for Planning, Strategy and Development; Michael C.G. George, Secretary-General; Daniel Freeman, National Treasurer and D. Karn Carlor, National Vice Chairman for Political Affairs, among others.
The election of Wento is one of several resolutions the party adopted during its 5th National Party Congress in the Borough of New Kru Town outside Monrovia over the weekend, according to the resolution, a copy of which was sent to the Liberia News Agency Monday.
The congress said it took the decision against the backdrop that the 2017 elections are exactly 12 months away, making it impossible to comply with the requirements of the party constitution relative to the conduct of a primary process for selecting candidates.
“We propose that this 5th National Party Congress exercises its powers and authority as the highest decision-making organ of the Party to suspend Chapter VI of the 1985 UPP Constitution in order for the Party to participate in the 2017 elections,” it said.
The resolution also proposed that the Congress transforms itself into an electoral college in order to elect the UPP Standard Bearer and, through later consultation, name a Vice Standard Bearer for 2017.
It was further suggested that the Congress, in its resolution, grants authority to the Electoral District Councils of the party organization to serve as electoral colleges for election of UPP candidates to contest the legislative seats in 2017.
According to the resolution, the Executive Committee was mandated to seek a “win, win collaboration” with other political parties for the 2017 elections without compromising the appearance of UPP on the ballot.
For the purpose of the 2017 presidential and legislative elections, the resolution indicated that the congress shall decide that the Electoral District Councils of UPP constitute themselves into electoral colleges in their respective constituencies to elect the party’s legislative candidates for the 2017 elections.