The Collaborating Political Parties has rejected the outcomes of the October 10 presidential and legislative elections and is pushing for an investigation into what it considers elections manipulation.
The announced results ridiculously defy common sense,” CPP presidential candidate Alexander Cummings said in a statement Monday in Monrovia after the National Elections Commission vote count hit 92.8%.
With 1.8 million votes counted nationwide the opposition CPP received 27,291 or 1.59%, the electoral agency said in a broadcast.
“This is sowing an unhealthy impression about our democracy. People are feeling robbed of their right to freely and fairly express their will and choice for leadership. The scheme to rob the Liberian voter of their right to choose their leaders may be sophisticated and difficult to trace and prove, but in the end, it undermines our democracy and risks the security and stability of our country.
“The evil geniuses involved, and their co-conspirators may believe they can demoralize our right to vote. They may be thinking they can crush our desire to be governed democratically and live in peace.”
See statement in full:
Statement by the Standard Bearer of the Collaborating Political Parties MR. ALEXANDER B. CUMMINGS October 16, 2023
Thanks to all of you who voted on October 10. The high turnouts from all across the country, should remind all of us that Liberians cherish their hard-won democracy, and will do anything to preserve it.
On behalf of my family, Cllr. Charlyne Brumskine and her family; on behalf of our entire CPP family, all of our down-ballot candidates, and the entire campaign team; from the bottom of my heart, I thank all of our partisans, well-wishers and supporters for their courage to boldly and proudly stand with us and support the patriotic cause to fix our country.
As Cllr. Brumskine and I campaigned with you, we came to renew our own faith in a better future for Liberia.
That renewal of faith has come not from any acceptance from the top of the political class, but from the hopefulness of the grassroots – market women, motorcyclist, healthcare workers, teachers, civil servants, farmers, street sellers, amongst many others.
Change will happen. Real change will prevail. The fight for real change which we have begun cannot and will not be stopped!
This is not because of me or Cllr. Brumskine. It is because of you, each and every one of our supporters, well-wishers, partisans and Liberians from ALL walks of Life.
This is why, despite the ridiculousness in results being announced, my faith in God and belief in our people remain strong and unwavering. Change – real change – is on Liberia’s doorsteps.
A few may succeed to conspire against it happening now, but real change will ultimately and inevitably happen because Liberians desire, will work for, and deserve it.
Like many Liberians, including our fiercest critics, we too, are disbelieving of the results being announced.
When Liberians voted, they did so in believing their votes would be reflected in the results. This is how democracy is supposed to properly function.
The announced results ridiculously defy common sense. This is sowing an unhealthy impression about our democracy.
People are feeling robbed of their right to freely and fairly express their will and choice for leadership.
The scheme to rob the Liberian voter of their right to choose their leaders may be sophisticated and difficult to trace and prove, but in the end, it undermines our democracy and risks the security and stability of our country.
The evil geniuses involved, and their co-conspirators may believe they can demoralize our right to vote.
They may be thinking they can crush our desire to be governed democratically and live in peace. They are wrong. They are underestimating the resolve of the Liberian people.
Liberians are no fools. Our nation has paid dearly for our cherished democracy. Let there be no mistake: Liberians are determined to preserve our hard-won peace and democracy.
I have heard from many of our partisans, well-wishers and supporters. I feel your disappointment. I share your pain.
I understand your anger. But we must not lose hope – not in ourselves, and definitely not in our country.
We must continue to remain peaceful and law-abiding. We will win in the end. Let me assure all of you that we will continue to do everything within our power to investigate and bring to light what has happened.
I promise you that no matter how long it takes, everyone involved will answer. There will be consequences for seeking to undermine Liberia’s young democracy and acting against the interests of the Liberian people.
Fellow partisans, sympathizers and supporters, we must never give up on our country. Because of what we have dared to do, because of the spark for real change which we have started together – business will never be “as usual” in Liberia.
This country will be fixed, now or later! Liberians deserve better. This is a fact that cannot be denied in any ridiculous election result. The Liberian people want change. I have seen it.
I have heard it. I continue to feel it. And I believe it. One day soon, real change will come. It may be delayed, but our just cause for real change is not, and will not be lost.
Finally, as I have consistently said and advocated for, I strongly encourage and urge all Liberians to remain peaceful.
I particularly call on our supporters, partisans, well-wishers and sympathizers to stand tall, and walk proudly. Let us all always put Liberia first. May God bless you, and may He continue to bless our nation. I thank you.