CDC Fails to Honor Request for Final Presidential Debate

MONROVIA, Montserrado – Lamii Kpargoi of the Deepening Democracy Coalition says the Coalition for Democratic Change has failed to respond to an invitation to participate in the final vice presidential and presidential runoff debates scheduled for Friday, November 3.

DDC previously organized two debates among what it considered leading political parties ahead of the first round of the elections at the Paynesville City Hall.

The debates were meant for the candidates to explain their platforms to the Liberian.

Kpargoi said two separate letters had been addressed to George Weah, the Coalition for Democratic Change’s standard bearer.

The vice-presidential debate was expected to be held on Monday, October 30 while the presidential debate was scheduled for Friday, November 3.

Kpargoi said CDC failed to respond to the invitations. Similar invitations sent to Unity Party were accepted, and the governing party agreed to participate in the final vice presidential and presidential runoff debates.

CDC’s Weah, who has generally performed poorly in public speaking engagements, had shunned the two previous debates and was not likely to participate in this one. However, it was notable that Sen. Jewel Howard Taylor, vice presidential candidate for CDC, also failed to respond.

Kpargoi said his organization will attempt to reschedule the debate, pending a resolution to the ongoing court case filed by Liberty Party.

“The final debates are very important for the UP and CDC vice and presidential candidates to explain to the Liberian people about their plans for the country if elected,” he said.

Featured photo courtesy of Lamii Kpargoi

Zeze Ballah

Zeze made his journalism debut as a high school reporter at the LAMCO Area School System. In 2016 and 2017, the Press Union of Liberia awarded Zeze with the Photojournalist of the Year award. Zeze was also the union's 2017 Health Reporter of the Year. He is a Health Journalism Fellow with Internews.

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