As Team Octavin Hopes Rely In the Court, Bill Of Information Hearing Set For Thursday


The political dust at the level of the Press Union of Liberia appears not to be settled as the wave of legal instability and political dissatisfaction including disunity is still blowing over the just ended Press Union of Liberia disputed elections.

Following the lifting of the injunction by Civil Law Court-B, the Elections Commission headed by Jarlarwah Tonpo announced the new date for the holding of the elections and subsequently conducted the polls on Saturday November 16, 2019 which saw incumbent President Charles Coffey winning with 401 to 19 votes against his political rival Octavin Williams, though Team Williams prior to the elections called on its supporters to remain calm and not to participate in the controversial and illegal elections process.

Mr. Coffey speaking to some members of the Press Union of Liberia upon being announced winner of the polls called for unity among members of the fourth estate.

He said his leadership upon taken over office after the induction ceremony will among other things work to improve the standard of journalists in Liberia.

According to him despite geographical locations, journalists all over Liberia should be treated the same with respect and professionalism and should not be branded negatively due to their current localities.

Though the results were announced and team Coffey members and other journalists of Liberia celebrated at the Headquarters of the PUL over the Weekend but the political Mathematics and legal debates are still ongoing among members of the pen pushers.

Mr. Coffey won with 401 votes out of about 1200 eligible voters something other say is not a convincing one especially as incumbent and owing to the controversies that surrounded the elections.

Several other factors may have contributed to the low votes obtained by Mr. Coffey to include: Lack of interest from some electorates, the boycotting of the elections by Team Octavin, political tensions, personal attacks, the manner and form in which supporters of the two teams including the candidates proceeded with the campaign and election process, distance for some rural journalists to return to Monrovia after the injunction was previously filed  by some aggrieved members of the PUL among others.

As the eyes are now shifted to the legal process to see whether the claims by the petitioners were solid enough to authenticate that the voter’s roll and some other process leading to the elections which they observed and described as discrepancies and irregularities, PUL is now at a cross road, said a veteran Journalist.

According to reports prior to the new schedule date of the elections, PUL President emeritus Peter Quiqui called for a quiet dialogue meeting with the two parties in a bid to address the issue but it appears like the timing was not ripe enough to see how best the issue can be settled as the rescheduled elections went uninterrupted at the expense of his effort, though he noted it is not late yet as he has endeavor to continue his intervention after the court process because it is all about the media and the PUL is his foremost priority, he added.

Currently there are mixed feelings and still bitter exchanges as well as bad political blood among members of the PUL as some are now contemplating on withdrawing their membership from the PUL while others are opting to establish a new journalist body in Liberia due to the current situation.

The discussion continues with some celebrating while others hope now lies within the final decision from the Court.

Meanwhile the Court is expected to hear the bill of information on Thursday which was filed by the petitioners on Last Friday prior to the reschedule-elections.