International Liberian rapper WF Doc has called on the National Elections Commission to declare section 5 of the Code of Conduct “inapplicable” for the 2017 general elections, for the sake of peace.
The Chicago-based emcee said since the Code of Conduct has been violated by the current ruling Unity Party, and coupled with other unforeseen issues that might occur in the near future, “this particular provision should be considered inapplicable to the presidential and legislative elections in the same manner as the 10-year constitutional residential clause was considered inapplicable in the 2005 and 2011 elections.”
The “Mula Dance” hit maker explain further that in order for Liberia’s fragile democracy to grow, section 5 of the Code of Conduct should not be implemented this year so that Liberia can be free of pre and or post election violence.
“The world is watching us; therefore, any mistake will not be good for us. If we can forgo the 10-year constitutional provision during two successive elections, which enabled President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to contest and win, that means it can happen again.
“We did it for the sake of peace in 2005 and 2011, and we can do it again. Liberia is the only country we have. Liberia is the only country we cannot be deported from; therefore, the interest of the state should be a priority, not a few individuals,” he said.
The rapper also said although the Code of Conduct is constitutional, the worrisome part is that President Sirleaf refused to take action against several of her government ministers who have violated section 5 of the law since July 8, 2016.
Quoting Part V, Sections 5.1 of the Code of Conduct titled ‘Political Participation,’ Doc stated: “All officials appointed by the president shall not, (a) engage in political activities, (b) canvass or contest for elected offices; and (c) serve on a campaign team of any political party, or the campaign of any independent candidate.”
He added: “This part of the law is clear; therefore, there is no need for a rocket scientist to come and explain it.”
He said that part of the law has been disrespected by the Unity Party, the party of the president, since July 8 of last year when several of her ministers won elected positions in the party: Labor Minister Neto Lighe was elected as UP’s senior vice chairman; GSA Deputy Director General J. Cole Bangalu, national vice chairman for inter-party affairs; Minister of Information, Culture and Tourism (MICAT), Lenn Eugene Nagbe as national secretary general; and assistant agriculture Minister Patrick Tarnue Worzie as national deputy secretary general.
“This is a clear violation; and by this time, they should have been dismissed. But the president decided not to since they are her close confidantes,” he said. “This is bad example. The rule of law must be respected not butchered. It is impossible to say that Ministers Lighe, Nagbe and other presidential appointees who hold elected positions will not use government equipment or resources in support of UP campaigns. Matter of fact, they are elected officials of UP, and they will do everything in their power by using state resources to make the party win in order to keep their jobs.”
The Montserrado County native noted that the major reason presidential aspirants like Dr. J. Mills Jones continue to say that they will contest the upcoming election despite being caught in the web is because president Sirleaf’s close aides violate the law without any disciplinary action.
“Let make me this clear, any attempt to deny Mills Jones, the political leader of the Movement for Economic Empowerment, will cause chaos, which will affect the electoral process,” he concluded.