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Findings Hold Cummings Liable For Framework Tampering

The Chairperson of the opposition Collaborating Political Parties (CPP), Senator Nyonblee Karnga-Lawrence of Grand Bassa has stated for the records that all the infractions, procedural transgressions and fraudulent inclines as captured in the investigative findings transpired under and during the leadership of Alexander Cummings and the Alternative National Congress (ANC), given the mandate and obligation to ensure that the procedures and other legal proceedings thereto leading to the filing of the CPP’s Framework Document with the National Elections Commission (NEC) were done.

She has therefore called on Mr. Cummings to summon the courage to take ownership of all that has transpired and the crisis thereof.

On August 18, 2021 the All Liberian Party (ALP) through its Political Leader, Benoni W. Urey, filed a complaint with the leadership of the CPP that the FA was tampered with before submission to the NEC.

She sated in a statement on Thursday, October 7, 2021 that the National Advisory Council (NAC) of the CPP on October 6, 2021 received from the committee established to investigate the claims made by Mr. Urey a 28-page report.

Following a detail presentation of the report which thoroughly analyzed three separate framework documents (FA signed on May 19, 2020; Amended FA dated April 25, 2020 named Lawyers’ version and the FA filed with the NEC), Senator Karnga as head of the CPP then made known  findings from the investigative report to the public.

According to her, the findings from the investigative report were put under two categories; namely procedures leading to the submission of the FA to the NEC, and content change in the various FAs.

The investigation, she disclosed, finds that there were significant procedural lapses leading to the submission of the Framework Document with the NEC under the leadership of Mr. Cummings.

She noted that there were significant structural and content differences of the Original FA to the copy filed at the NEC, as Articles, Sections and Subsections were significantly rearranged in both the Amended and Filed Copies of the FA.

The findings say there are also structural changes between the Amended Copy from the lawyers to that Filed with NEC.

She extended profound gratitude to the five-member committee for the professional and impartial investigation they conducted and the balanced and credible report they have produced.

Senator Karnga-Lawrence went on to commend and appreciate Mr. Urey for flagging and bringing to the attention of the CPP leadership and the Liberian people at large, the altering of the CPP’s Framework Document, both in written and verbal notification.

Meanwhile, in the wake of the blame games, Madam Karnga-Lawrence on behalf of the CPP leadership has called for calm among all its members and parties while the full report is being submitted to lawyers for further advice and subsequent relevant actions by the CPP.

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