Before now, political actors would choose individuals under the cover of darkness to vie for elected offices and while others would be appointed at the behest of controlling powers in utter disregard for the will of the people. For Liberia’s ruling Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC), powerful political actors disregarding the will of the people cause the country to relapse into chaos that taunt everything to teeter on edge. Hence, the ruling party, in the build up to the 2023 presidential and legislative election, is giving ordinary bonafide member of the establishment the chance to decide who fields on the party’s ticket for each of the seventy three (73) electoral districts across the country. This is, however, not the first time that the CDC is giving its ordinary supporters the power to choose their representatives. It is customary.
The CDC’s Deputy Secretary General for Records and Research, Randall Dobayou said deciding who represents the people on the party’s ticket without their input would contravene the essence of the Coalition for Democratic Change grassroots philosophical mantra that drove the party’s establishment.
He told partisans “we are flight away from the days big shots decided for the ordinary people. For us, this is a commitment we made and we are daring to keep that our decisions will not be made from party offices’ conference rooms and then those decisions would be imposed on the vast majority of the citizens who should be the actual decision makers given their position as the custodians of power. At the CDC, it is the interest of the people and not the will of fat envelops and deep pockets,” he told partisans at the party’s primaries in Electoral District #2, Montserrado County.
The deputy chief scribe of the ruling CDC said the interest of the ordinary people sits at the fulcrum of the party’s lifeline.
For the National Chairman of the Revolutionary National Youth League of the Coalition for Democratic Change and Secretary General of the 2023 Primaries Committee, Emmanuel Mulbah Johnson, the party holds dear to its heart the maxim: “the voice of the people is the voice of God”.
According to him, it is on the basis of that belief that primaries are being held to ensure that those chosen to contest for various legislative seats on the party’s ticket across the country are representative of the aspiration of the legitimate custodians of power -the people. “The people should be the ones to tell the party who they think can best represent their interest at the party’s National Executive Committee and national government. By achieving this, the National Youth League Chairman believes that development goodies would be funneled down to people and engender inclusive and sustainable growth.
He stressed that the people are being mobilized to turnout en mass to unanimously give President George Manneh Weah victory on the first ballot at the October polls to replicate the Sierra Leone scenario taking into account the monumental developments that Liberia is experiencing under the George Weah led administration.
“Liberians of all walks of life are ready to give President Weah one round victory. We do not want to waste state resources on the printing of ballots,” Chairman Mulbah Johnson said.