Liberia: UP Youth Congress Rejects ‘White Vote’ for National Youth President and National Vice President for Administration

Monrovia – The Unity Party’s National Youth Congress calls on party chairman Reverend Luther Tarpeh to reject any attempt by the National Coordinating Committee (NCC) to cast a blank ballot for the positions of National Youth Chairman and National Vice-President for Administration failing to reconvene the National Youth Convention.

The July 2022 Unity Party National Convention held in Gbarnga, Bong County was led by Representative Clarence Massaquoi. The national youth convention was postponed and since then there has been no sign to go to the polls and elect the officials who will run the affairs of the youth convention.

Reading the statement, Evans Boima Tuku said that Article XVI, Section 5 of the Unity Party constitution states that the National Leaders of the Youth Congress and Women’s Congress shall be elected by youth and people. women attending a national Unity Party convention in separate meetings. plenary of these young and female delegates.

According to him, the casting of any ballot can only be done legally by reconvening a youth congress that has been postponed.

Tuku continues, “We call on President Luther Tarpeh to resist the temptation to be forced to organize any illegitimate blank ballot process in the absence of a reconvening of the National Youth Convention. This will leave the leadership of the 15 counties and 73 District Youth Structures across the country to declare the recipient of such spoils as a Persona Non-Grata, and no member of our leaders in any county or district in Liberia will submit to its unlawful authority.”

He added: “We want to state incisively that we reject the illegal, unreasonable and unjustifiable proposal advanced by Clarence Massaquoi’s Compromised Electoral Committee to vote a ‘blank ballot’ for Mr. Togar Melvin Cephas and Mr. Cyrus L. Greene , Jr. to rise dubiously to the positions of National Youth President and National Vice President for Administration of the Unity Party’s National Evergreen Youth Congress respectively.

Tuku says supporters of the Unity Party’s National Coordinating Committee received a letter from the Clarence Ad Hoc Elections Committee asking the Convention committee not to reopen vacancies carried over from the youth convention.

He added: “This recommendation was never accepted. As such; was not included in the resolution emanating from the convention. How then can someone with a straight face say they want vote for a single candidate in a secret location for fear of competition.”

Tuku calls for resolution to be resolved due to protests filed against two National Youth Congress nominees for National Vice President for Youth Affairs and Assistant Vice President for Youth Affairs for Administration .

He added: “A major reason for calling for the reopening of the process hinges on the fact that we cannot have our National President, the Reverend Dr. J. Luther Tarpeh from Rivercess County and also have the National President of the Congress of youth from the same county.”

Tuku adds, “Section 78 E of the Liberian Constitution prohibits this. According to Section 78 E: The Constitution and rules of the political party shall conform to the provisions of this Constitution, provide for the democratic election of officers and/or or board of directors at least once every six years, and ensure that leaders are elected from as many regions and ethnic groups as possible in the country.”

“It is pursuant to this provision of our Organic Law, which supersedes all other laws of the Republic of Liberia, that Cllr. Varney Sherman, National President-elect and a native of Grand Cape Mount County, requested the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the Unity Party to call on the Honorable Henry Fahnbulleh, who was also elected National General Secretary at the same convention in 2010, to step down and resign; which he obliged and the process was reopened, which brought in former President Wilmot J. M. Paye as National General Secretary, and became one of the finest National General Secretaries in the current history of the Unity Party.”