MONROVIA: The Secretary General of the Opposition National Development Party of Liberia (NDP), Mr. Jerry W. Yarkpah, says the October 10, 2023, Presidential and Legislative elections in Liberia present a significant opportunity for Liberians not only to consolidate the country’s hard-won peace and democratic gains, but to entrench and build upon them.
According to the NDP Executive, the pending elections should be viewed by Liberians in general as opportunity to strengthen a deepening political culture on the core principles of freedom, justice, and equality, and respect of human rights, including the rights of women and children.
He made the statement in an interview with our reporter yesterday in the Township of Gardnerville, on the sideline of the just ended National Development Party (NDP’s) First National Convention.
The NDP Chief Scribe pointed out that it is therefore essential for all Liberians including political parties, Coalitions and Alliances and other stakeholders such as the civil society, the media, to promote nothing less than the conduct of free, fair, transparent and credible elections.
This, he said, would help to serve the best interest of the country and its people.
Mr. Yarkpah indicated that it is also incumbent upon all Liberians to recognize the centrality of peace during these elections, and to sincerely work towards maintaining the peace and stability of the country.
The risks of any post-conflict countries including Liberia to regress to war are extremely high, he pointed out.
He, however, disclosed that the National Development Party (NDP) will not put forward anyone as a presidential or vice presidential aspirant in the October 10, 2023 polls except legislative aspirants.
Yarkpah expressed the belief that this move by the National Development Party (NDP) is necessary because it will help to reduce the already huge number of presidential contenders in the country.