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UP Forms Common Front With Opposition Parties

The Unity Party convened an inter-party consultative meeting yesterday with opposition political parties at its National Headquarters to deliberate on matters related to national elections, census and other national issues of mutual interest.

Officials of the Unity Party, in their opening statements, explained that the meeting was part of efforts to create a platform for opposition political parties to consult frequently and collaborate on issues around the 2023 Presidential and Legislative elections.

Representatives of other political parties present acknowledged the initiative and welcomed the establishment of a technical working group with the objective to collaborate on issues of shared interest and work as a team in the lead up to the 2023 elections.

Today’s meeting was particularly focused on the need to form common position on the National Elections Commission’s procurement of biometric materials, elections timetable and the ongoing seemingly disorganized census process.

Political parties successfully deliberated and carved out important concerns in relations to the procurement of biometric materials, election timetable and the apparent internal skirmish at the NEC, all of which will be raised in the scheduled IPCC meeting tomorrow, Thursday, December 8, 2022.

On the important subject of census, parties agreed to used appropriate platforms that involve the participation of partners to channel relevant concerns. At the close of the meeting, parties agreed to frequently meet as part of a confidence building process and collaborate where necessary on technical subject matters affecting elections preparations.

Political Parties present were: Movement for Progressive Change (MPC), Liberty Party (LP), Rainbow Alliance (RA), All Liberian Party (ALP), National Democratic Coalition (NDC), Collaborating Political Parties (CPP), Liberia Restoration Party (LRP), Liberian People Party (LPP), People’s Restoration Party (PRP) and the Unity Party (UP).

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