Code of Conduct Nails Two Rep. Aspirants

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With less than 100 days to the October 10 Presidential and Legislative elections, the National Elections Commission (NEC) yesterday rejected two representative aspirants found in violation of the Code of Conduct (CoC).

While it is not clear on what counts the two aspirants were rejected, both are presidential appointees.  One is an official of Gbarpolu County, whose name has not been disclosed.  The other, Abu B. Kamara, is an Assistant Minister at the Ministry of Post and Telecommunications who’s an aspirant for Montserrado County District #15.

The CoC requires public officials to adhere to legal and ethical standards in the performance of their respective duties and a commitment to the system of internal control. But the turbulent sections 5.1 and 5.2 seek to exclude officials of government appointed by the President from vying for elective office, unless they resign from their posts two years before the elections.

A source told the Daily Observer Monday that the NEC Chairman, Cllr. Jerome George Kokorya signed two rejection letters, denying the officials (respectively) from contesting the October 10 elections.

The National Elections Commission on June 19 began candidate nominations at the Samuel K. Doe Sports Complex in Monrovia and will end on July 11, 2017.

The feedback from the public has been largely negative, especially since the CoC was upheld as a legal document by the Supreme Court of Liberia, ahead of the appointment of the office of the Ombudsman, which was supposed to adjudicate disputes concerning it.

The National Code of Conduct has been a center of argument since the kickoff of the 2017 representative and presidential elections, with some Liberians calling for the relaxation while others calling for its enforcement.

Meanwhile, according to our source, the two officials denied by the National Elections Commission have the right to take appeals at the Supreme Court.

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9 COMMENTS

  1. This is where our problem for a sustainable peace is being threaten. As I have said before, this is an unjust law. The legislature should immediately move to repeal this law to avert a storm that may destroy the peace that exist in our country today. This president, legislature and supreme court have all made a grievous mistake .Please save the country ,my fellow citizens, by calling your legislature to repeal this law before the elections. TIME IS RUNNING OUT: (WARNING) ‘ IF MY PEOPLE ,WHICH ARE CALLED BY MY NAME, SHALL HUMBLE THEMSELVES, AND PRAY, AND SEEK MY FACE , AND TURN FROM THEIR WICKED WAYS; THEN WILL I HEAR FROM HEAVEN,AND WILL FORGIVE THEIR SIN,AND WILL HEAL THEIR LAND: NOW MY EYES SHALL BE OPEN,AND MINE EARS ATTENT UNTO THE PRAYER THAT IS MADE IN THIS PLACE:’ THIS IS THE EXHIBITION OF THE WICKEDNESS OF THIS ADMINISTRATION, IT IS NOT LIBERIAN, NOR AFRICAN , OR EVEN HUMANE.

  2. Mr. Lewis,

    So when are we going to have a just law? This Law was passed over 3 years ago, and the people in the country new that, that while some people decided to resign their office, including the Foreign Minister, so why are you quoting Bible Verse that has nothing to do with this Law. Don’t you know that even in hell they have Laws too?

    • Oooooo Mr. Lanham, thank you very much! This treat by people whenever the right thing is being done got to come to an end. Liberia will never go back to the days of war. If anyone is hurt by the law, they should go to the court to get it sorted. We need responsible people to run for public office. If anyone has ambition to run for public office and that person is an appointee of government, he or she should resign as require. Go outside of government, look for ur own money and run your campaign. Think about it, you want to stay in office till two days to election, use public resources and at the same the government will be paying you, where is the fairness? What about John who is also in the campaign but is not an appointee of government? The law is the law and it must be applied to the letter.

  3. Lewis’ argument is the same as the argument of these dual citizenship hustlers, and the likes of Amos Sawyer of the BAD GOVERNANCE COMMISSION, Mills Jones, Alex Cummings, and Harrison Karnweay:

    THE STATUTORY AND CONSTITUTIONAL LAWS OF THE LAND MUST BEND TO THE DESIRES OF CERTAIN GROUP OF PEOPLE!

    But are Lewis and these so called dual citizenship huslers the only individuals with such strange argument???

    NO! The President herself Ellen Johnson Sirleaf like the stubborn flies that ends up with the corpse seems to be unconsciously inviting THE WRATH OF THE GODS UPON HERSELF by been an accessory before and after the violation of the Constitution and other criminal conducts been committed by Her NEC Chairman who ironically is signing rejection and denial letters of his fellow DISRESPECTERS OF LAWS.

    While all this is going on, we have ANOTHER SET OF DISRESPECTERS OF THE LAW – CHARLES BRUMSKINE AND HIS RUNNING MATE HARRISON KARNWEAY, ALEX CUMMINGS AND HIS RUNNING MATE JEREMIAH SULONTEH, AND MILLS JONES AND HIS RUNNING MATE REV. SAMUEL REEVES ARE BUSY CAMPAIGNING TO CONTEST THE ELECTIONS WHEN THEY SHOULD BY NOW BE SERVED THEIR LETTERS OF REJECTION AND DENIALS BY THE NEC

    . Sulonteh, Brumskine, and Pastor Reeves are listed because they are accessory before and after the fact of the criminal offenses and constitutional violations!

  4. While I am going to resist the temptation of addressing each of you individually , let me just say that ANY LAW THAT NEGATES , RESTRICTS OR CIRCUVENTS THE RIGHTS OF ANY CITIZEN , is unjust. Why would this law be just for elected individuals, ex, vice president, senators, representatives, and not appointed civil servants? can you guys justify that?

  5. It’s confusing for me each time I hear people with great aspiration defending wrong due due to the occurrence of a past wrong ” Will we always dwell in errors” … It’s about time that Liberians and other citizens around the world take Liberia serious. We have the opportunity to elect these representatives who make laws on our behave,when we elect them let’s respect them….. The Code of Conduct is a good law that if adhere to Liberia as a country will be an example used by other countries in making such laws; The Liberianism in us should not disappear because of our personal relations with those the laws have affected… I caution the Supreme Court of our beloved country to let Justice Prevail, remember your oath of justice…
    Let Justice Be Don’t To All.. ” THE NEW LIBERIA. . Bravo NEC for the first step; Supreme Court the ball is now on your court…

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