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Controversy Hangs Over CDC Bassa Primary
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Controversy Hangs Over CDC Bassa Primary

By Onesimus S. Garway, LINA Grand Bassa County Correspondent

BUCHANAN, April 3 (LINA) - The decision by the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) Bassa Chapter to field Matthew Fair-play Joe as its representative candidate in District #3 in the 2017 elections has prompted debate among members of the Bassa Chapter of the party.

Moses Haynes, the Chairman of the Grand Bassa Chapter of the CDC in late February told partisans in Buchanan that the party’s decision to feature Mr. Joe on its ticket in District #3 is due to the humanitarian and development role he has played in the district over the years.

This pronouncement by the party Chairman has, however, met strong criticisms by some partisans who claim that the decision by the Executive Committee members contravenes the party’s constitution, which calls for the holding of a primary to give interested partisans the chance to contest. 

They term the decision taken by the Chairman and his subordinates as “unilateral, unconstitutional and undemocratic” and called on them to see reason to reverse it, because it has the propensity to bring division among partisans.

Speaking to the Liberia News Agency following a meeting held at the county office of the National Patriotic Party (NPP), a member of the coalition in Buchanan said several partisans have expressed interest in running in the district, including Mr. Albert Saab, who was a candidate on the party’s ticket in the 2011 elections. 

He said the controversy may dent the chances of the Coalition in District #3 as it is taking place just a month to the May 2017 primaries of the Coalition, as some of the members are threatening to leave the party if the decision is not reversed.

A credible source told LINA that a formal communication has been written by some members of the coalition to the Executive Committee to intervene in the situation, but that they are yet to receive a response.


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