Liberty Party vice standard bearer Karnwea, celebrating with fellow partisans following the Supreme Court's ruling, allowing him to remain on the LP ticket for the October 2017 elections

Supreme Court gives NEC 48hours to prescribe penalties, not rejection

The Supreme Court yesterday declared that the National Elections Commission erred in its action by rejecting the nomination of two vice presidential candidates, Mr. Harrison Karnwea of the Liberty Party (LP) and Ambassador Jeremiah Sulunteh of the Alternative National Congress (ANC), from contesting the October presidential and legislative elections.

The court said both Karnwea and Sulunteh were in substantial compliance with the Code of Conduct (CoC) Act, contrary to the NEC’s contention that both men were in violation.

The court’s opinion (ruling) in favor of the Karnwea and Sulunteh were delivered separately by Associate Justices Philip A.Z. Banks and Jamesetta H. Wolokollie.

Amb. Jerelmiah Sulunteh is cleared to run as vice standard bearer of the ANC in the October 2017 elections

Justice Wolokollie’s ruling on Sulunteh was not made available yesterday to the press, and his (Sulunteh’s) earlier rejection by the NEC was also reversed.

Delivering Karnwea’s ruling, Justice Banks said that he was in substantial compliance with the code and that his violation of the act was not egregious in nature suggesting that “as the term was determined, interpreted and applied by the Supreme Court in the case Serena Mappy Polson versus the Republic of Liberia, which held the CoC to be constitutional.”
Polson challenged the constitutionality of the code, but the Supreme Court ruled 3 in favor and 2 against, thereby making the code constitutional.

Polson currently serves as superintendent of Bong County, the position she held when she challenged the constitutionality of the code. Justice Banks emphasized that “the case of Abu Kamara v the National Elections Commission which elaborated upon the application of the term and the penalty of disbarment is not applicable to Karnwea.”

“Karnwea’s case is remanded to the NEC to expeditiously conduct a due process of law by hearing his application and to make a determination, within 48 hours of receipt of the mandate of the Supreme Court of the level of penalty that will be commensurate with the magnitude of the violation – to be imposed on Karnwea from the ranges of penalties outlined in the code that fall below the penalty of disqualification, which is applicable to only egregious violation of the code,” Justice Banks ruling stated.

Kamara currently serves as assistant minister for administration at the Ministry of Post and Telecommunications, which post he also held when he was rejected by the NEC, the decision he challenged at the Supreme Court.

According to Banks, the standard laid down, being that where an applicant has resigned his position prior to filing an application before the NEC to contest an elective public office and thereby showing substantial compliance with the code, as of the date of the decision of the Supreme Court, in the Polson’s case, “the violation is not to be considered egregious and that the NEC shall apply only the applicable penalty laid in the code, short of disbarment or disqualification,” the justice explained.

“Henceforth all violations of the CoC must be investigated by the NEC consistent with the due process of law and that any decision emanating therefrom must be signed by the majority of the Board of Commissioners in accordance with the applicable laws,” Banks warned.

Further to Justice Banks’ ruling, he said, that when the parties, NEC and Karnwea’s legal team argued, and when they reviewed the records of the case, they were satisfied that Article 5.1 and 5.2 of the CoC were applicable to Karnwea, as managing director of the Forestry Development Authority (FDA).

Articles 5.1 and 5.2 of the Act provide that “All officials appointed by the President of the Republic of Liberia shall not (a) Engage in political activities, canvass or contest for elected offices (b) Use government facilities, equipment or resources in support of parties or political activities. It also says such persons cannot (c) Serve on a campaign team of any political party, or the campaigns of any independent candidate.

5.2 says “Wherein any person in the category stated in section 5.1 desires to canvass or contests for an elective public position, the following shall apply.

“(a ) Any Minister, Deputy Minister, Director-General, Managing Director and Superintendent appointed by the President pursuant to article 56 (a ) of the Constitution and a Managing Director appointed by a Board of Director, who desires to contest for public elective office shall resign said post at least two years prior to the date of such public election.

“(b) Any other official appointed by the President who holds a tenured position and desires to contest for public elective office shall resign said post three years prior to the date of such public election.

“(c) However, in the case of impeachment, death, resignation or disability of an elected official, any official listed above desirous of canvassing or contesting to fill such position must resign said post within thirty days, following the declaration of the National Election Commission (NEC) of the vacancy.

Banks also noted that Karnwea also admitted, as appeared on the form he filled and subsequently filed with the NEC, that he had not resigned said position in accordance with the two years’ timeline, prior to the ensuring the October presidential and legislative elections prescribed by the CoC, he was in violation of the code.

“The court having taken cognizance of the fact that Karnwea was nevertheless in substantial compliance with the code in resigning said position with the FDA, shortly following the decision of the Supreme Court delivered on March 3,” Banks Stated, “he did not commit an act of egregious nature against the CoC, as to warrant the maximum penalty of disqualification prescribed by egregious conduct.”

Besides, Banks said, the NEC failed to conduct a hearing and thereby afford Karnwea’s guaranteed due process of law an opportunity mandated by the constitution, statute and case law of the Republic to determine the penalty to be imposed upon Karnwea for his violation of the CoC.

“The records in this case lacked any evidence that the final decision of the NEC in rejecting the application of Karnwea and barring him from contesting the vice presidential position on the Liberty Party ticket in the ensuring elections was done by the Board of Commissioners,” Banks’ ruling added, “But, rather, that same appears on the record to have been done on the lone and sole signature of the chairman of NEC.”
Minutes after the court’s ruling, Karnwea in interviews with journalists described himself as “pace setter.”

“I have set the pace and so all candidates who were contemplating to not apply to contest the forthcoming elections, because of the CoC, can now rush to do so,” Karnwea said.
Before reversing the NEC’s decision, supporters believed to be members of the Liberty Party (LP) stormed the premises of the Supreme Court, demanding entry to the courtroom, but, they were prevented from entering by officers of the Liberia National Police.

Meanwhile, the ANC has congratulated the Supreme Court for its decision to clear its Vice Standard Bearer, Amb. Jeremiah C. Sulunteh, to contest alongside Mr. Alexander B. Cummings in the October 2017 elections.

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38 COMMENTS

  1. I know the law is the law. But, those that are chosen to interpret the law must have the knowledge in interpreting it. I have the conviction that most voters will declare the National Election Commission unfit to fully comprehend the very election laws they claimed to master. If the National Election Commission had the full understanding of the Code Of Conduct and the rest of National Election Laws of Liberia, they would not have made the blunder that led the two vice presidential candidates to the Supreme Court of the Republic of Liberia. So, as Liberia anticipates Legislative and Presidential Elections come October, the NEC should put her act together to do the right thing in following the full application of the National Election Laws of the Republic of Liberia for the sake of peace!

  2. The Supreme Court’s decision is is highly appreciated, but there was something confusing about the ruling that I will need some legal pundits to clarify for me. When does a law become enforceable? Do we have to await the ruling of the Supreme Court, before we begin to obey any existing law? Do I understand that when a law is enacted, it requires a Supreme Court ruling before it becomes enforceable? I will appreciate your comments on this issue.

  3. Bamakpa, when a law or statute is enacted and signed by the president, that law becomes enforceable on the date that is stipulated in the statute. However, given that Liberia was in a civil war for 14 years or more, there was a complete breakdown of the rule of law. Consequently, it will take some time for Liberians to have full confidence in the legal system again. When the Supreme Court talks about “due process,” it’s a hint to the various government agencies that they can’t simply penalize someone for violating rules without proper investigation and establishment of facts for the record. In a constitutional, liberal democracy like ours, everyone should be afforded due process whether they’re presumed innocent or guilty. So the Supreme Court has established precedence by these rulings.

  4. The entire system is suck. Once you have poor pawpaw asses in power, you will end up with a country as such. Lazy brats and dirty nation, crazy counrty. Everyone sleeping with each other for bag of rice. Please pay way country. Local educated people who can’t compete outside. These guys knew it was going to go this way so they took the bit. Nonsense! I wished I was borned in country.

  5. No, Paye, we DO NOT HAVE TO AWAIT THE RULING OF THE SUPREME COURT BEFORE WE BEGIN TO OBEY ANY EXISTING LAW! But when a law is challenged in the Supreme Court (as was when the CoC was challenged) we can disobey that law if or when the Supreme Court rules that that law is unconstitutional!

    But this is not the case with the CoC which has been ruled as constitutional!

    The Karnwea, Sulonteh, Kamara, case inviting at the Supreme Court is not about whether we should obey or not obey the CoC, nor is it about the constitutionality about the CoC!

    Rather, what is going on at the Supreme Court is the Supreme Court DISGRACING ITSELF simply to have the law the CoC inapplicable to Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s choices for the presidency….a lawlessness attempted by Amos Sawyer and his Bad Governance Commission and the Speaker Nuquay but failed after a stern resistance from the public!

    Those pieces of shit at the Supreme Court or kangaroo court calling themselves chief justice and associate justices need to suffer the fate of death penalty for their utter disrespect to the very law they ruled as constitutional!

  6. Once again, an institution of government setup to guide against those who will impugned on the statutes of Liberia has failed the nation. The decision yesterday in the case against Liberty Party VSB and NEC the court ruled is flaw at its best. This decision will have a ripple effect for now and in the future of Liberia. I’m predicting that come October 10, 2017, the winner of the elections will be denied the presidency by the Supreme Court of Liberia and award it to the loser. Banks opinion is very elementary and doesn’t past the test of any scholarly review let alone a law review.

    How do one interpret the meaning of “desire” and “intent” in a law that’s so clear in this case…..Karnwea by his press conference on March 14, 2017 clearly had political ambition/desire and that’s why he resigned his position with the FDA and joined the Liberty Party. This was not an overnight decision and a ruling as such only showed how our laws are compromise from time-to-time at the expense of the citizenry. This decision as Rodney Sieh termed it only opened the floodgate for many litigations throwing the timetable for the conduct of election in October in jeopardy.

    The law (CoC) as ruled early this year about its constitutionality is a waste of tax payers’ money and questioning the balance of power among the three branches of government (Executive, Legislative and Judiciary). The mere fact that Banks indicated that procedural errors by the NEC include not all the commissioners’ signing the documents is mind boggling. How many times has the legislature passed a bill and required the signature of all senators or representatives for that matter? The Supreme Court is saying that anytime there’s a decision by the court that’s binding, the entire bench has to be a signatory to that document as the Chief Justice signature alone is not enough.

    The decision whether it was handed down in your favor or against what you thought it to be is a blow to Liberia democracy and it shows that some invisible hands certainly has something to do with the outcome. If Liberians want to build a society free of lawlessness, it has to start with the rule of law and upholding the sanctity of these laws. We cannot bend the law to satisfied one group of people and ignore how that will hurt others. The clear intent of all laws is to allow citizens to live and thrive to their full potentials without being violated by others. The law protect us all, but not some and laws shouldn’t be discretional. Their interpretations should be what they were intended and not what we intend them.

    • I am reading an interesting book entitled ” Why Nations Fail” by Daron Acemoglu and James A. Robinson. Get a copy and you will love it. Also get a copy of the book by Prof. Lee Kwan Yew of Singapore on how he transformed his country from third to first world.

    • james…just one point…on the requirement for the appointed officials to resign 2 (or 3, in some cases) years before election, the code of conduct talks specifically about “desire” to “contest”, not generally about any political desire or move, such as switching political parties…a court of law does not base its decisions on guess-work, as the nec lawyers were basing their arguments…leaving fda and up to join lp cannot legally be equated to “desire to contest an election”…but again, the main ground of the court’s decision was the mandatory due process requirement, which is a constitutional requirement and not something nec can opt not to uphold, and the issue of level of penalty in relation to gravity of offense…

  7. PHILLIP BANKS IS FROM THE “OLD ORDER,” A COWARD, AND LONG-TIME FRIENDS, CUZINS WITH ELLEN, SAWYER, SHERMAN, BRUMSKINE, TOLBERT, AND BIG BOYZ! WHY YOUR TINK HE ORDER4ED ALLEGED BRIBER SHERMAN TO LEF LIB FOR MEDICAL TREATMENT!? LIBERIAN DYING AT JFK BUT ONLY WEALTH ACCUSED ROGUES CAN GO ABROAD STILL (SINCE TUNMAN TIME) TO WESTERN DOCTORS, HOSPITALS)! FIRST LIB PEPO STUPID! SECOND, ELLEN, SAWYER, SHERMAN, B IG BOYZ, TOLBERT, BANKS, SO-CALLED IVY LEAGUE THIEVES ARE ALL ONE-AND-THE-SAME! THIRD, LIBERIA IS F$&KED AND SOLD EVEN MORE!!

  8. WHEN THE SAME CORRUPT, DECEITFUL, MURDERING LIBERIAN LEADERS TODAY, BEEN DOMINATING, CONTROLLING, AND NEPOTICTLY DESTROYING LIBERIA SINCE 1980, WANT TO CONTINUE RULING LIBERIANS, STEALING LIBERIANS’ WEALTH BY DECEPTION, LIES, AND ENRICHING THEMSELVES, FAMILY, AND FRIENDS, WITH MILITARY, POLITICAL SUPPORT FROM FOREIGNERS WHO KNOW LIBERIANS OF THE CONTINUED MASS SUFFERINGS, POVERTY, AND PLIGHT OF COMMON LIBERIANS UNDER JOHNSON-SIRLEAF’S REGIME, THEY ARE GUILTY OF “HIGH TREASON” AGAINST LIBERIA AND LIBERIAN PEOPLE

  9. How can you rely on a court that was violated by the president during its constitution? Remember fly-by-night associate justice Janneh who didn’t meet qualification to serve on the bench and was subsequently forced on the Supreme Court by the imperial President Sirleaf? Soon we forget and continue to listen to the professorial sweet talking Madame president.

    The court was tainted long since it’s constitution under madam President. Anything the President dictates is the law and all those foolukutoos will follow.

  10. The desire to be VP is not a given. You do not resign except you want to run for a position. The word DESIRE was totally overlooked by the NEC when it came to Sulunteh and Karnwea, two people who were asked to be VP candidates..

    Lesson learned!

    We need at least 25 years to review our constitution. Two many hidden codes are embedded in it that need to be modified or amended to reconcile our people.

  11. Have any of the justices-Banks,Korpor,Howard-Wolokolie, Youh, and Janeh ever served in the capacity of a Judge before being appointed to the SC? Can someone please share whatever information they have about this. I would think that there is a trajectory one has to follow before ascending to the nation’s highest court.

      • James, please read Zobon’s response to my question. It would help you understand why I posed the question in the first place. Besides the near constutional crisis this court has created, none of the justices has ever served as a practicing Judge; while Justice Banks who supposedly is the legal scholar on this court, with nearly all of the associate justices being his former students, has been the bulwark of the regime who has added much to the confusion in the interpretation of the CoC.

  12. The Supreme court acted on precedence set by our founders, traditionally and statutorily, set by the 1847 star of this nation. Even Liberian cultural setting which was inert during the past civil war is beginning to be re-institutionalized. This is not as a result of any special interest group or branch of government. The founders of Liberia give us the record, yet we have not been doing the duty set forth for many decades. Now these Branches of Government will have to become functional. All branches of Government have the right to investigate thoroughly acts within each branch before a cross over to the next. For example, if NEC did not chance the explanation of an incident within its executive access, the Judiciary will show interpretation of 3 to 2. On the other hand, the blunders Legislature in making the law not withstanding there is a 2/3 sitting at their foot steps to vote them out. Stop spending time on what the United States electoral system has impacted on many of Liberians who have acquired from this nation and others abroad because an election system base of electors decisions is and will not be the Liberian way. There is no way the Court can in trap the law. This will be suicidal. It is what the Law says. The Supreme Court has decided. Liberians understand themselves.
    Gone to existing 57% majority in silence. Do not call me back. Ask ballot box.

  13. DEATH OF CODE OF CONDUCT:-
    The clearances of Ambassador Suluteh and Karnwea is indeed a death of the
    Code of Conduct; or just because Karnwea and the Chief Justice of Lioberia
    are from Nimba County?

    In another development, the Code of Conduct did not make any specific
    any specific deference or exception to Presidential appointees serving in
    the foreign service abroad. Why then this unusual exception? Or just
    because President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf’s preference for him? All point
    to the fact that the Code of Conduct is a Law in black and white for the
    President Ellen Sirleaf to get even with some people as it is NOW! In other
    words, the Code of Conduct is now death!

  14. Kpanneh, NOT ONE OF THEM (THOSE PIECES OF SHIT – Korkpor, Janneh, Banks, Wolokolie, Yuoh,) EVER EVEN SERVED IN THE CAPACITY OF CLERK OF COURT, NOT TO TALK ABOUT BEEN A JUDGE!!!

    This was one of the main reasons, ECOWAS OUTRIGHTLY REJECTED ELLEN JOHNSON SIRLEAF´S NOMINATION OF Philip A.Z. Banks to the ECOWAS COURT, added to his banks´ broad day light robbery of an innocent businessman.

    Janneh (WITHOUT NO PRIOR EXPERIENCE AS A JUDGE), was simply appointed by corrupt Ellen as justice of the Supreme Court after been a rebel spokesman for their LURD rebel group.

    Korkpor became a justice of the Supreme Court by the Rebel LURD interim govt arrangement in 2004 WITHOUT EVER PREVIOUSLY SERVING AS A JUDGE OR EVEN A CLERK OF COURT.

    As for Jamesetta Howard Wolokolie and Yuoh these like the rest (WITH NO PRIOR EXPERIENCE AS A JUDGE) were mere “LEFTOVERS” who had had NO EXPERIENCE OF THE JUDICIAL PROCESS VIS A VIS THE COURTS UNTIL THEY WERE APPOINTED BY INCOMPETENT, CORRUPT, AND BLOOD-DRENCHED Ellen Johnson Sirleaf!

    This is inter alia why they would rule that the NEC should have instead of rejecting or disbaring Sulonteh and Karnwea who had violated the law with such IMPUDENCE recommended a penalty prescribed in section 5.9 of the CoC WHICH READS:

    5.9 Any public official, after due process, who is found guilty of violating any provision of this section shall be immediately removed from the position or office held by him/her, and thereafter no part of the funds appropriated by any law for such position or office shall be used to pay compensation to such person.

    WHAT A BASELESS AND VERY FOOLISH REASONING? FOR GOD IN HEAVEN SAKE!!! HOW ON EARTH CAN YOU REMOVE A CUPRIT OR PERPETRATOR FROM A JOB HE HAS LEFT AND RESIGNED FROM AFTER HALF OF A YEAR!?

    This nonesense from them clearly goes to show they have no experience, not to talk about character or intellect, when it comes to HOW JUDGES REASON WITHIN THE JUDICIAL PROCESS!

  15. Be not deceived by those PIECES OF SHIT…CALLING THEMSELVES JUSTICES… incompetent, inexperience, and corrupt, fools MANUFACTURING FACTS AS:

    “According to Banks, the standard laid down, being that where an applicant has resigned his position prior to filing an application before the NEC to contest an elective public office and thereby showing substantial compliance with the code, as of the date of the decision of the Supreme Court, in the Polson’s case, “the violation is not to be considered egregious and that the NEC shall apply only the applicable penalty laid in the code, short of disbarment or disqualification,” the justice explained.”

    Where in the world can a “standard laid down” CONTRADICT AND VIOLATE THE VERY LAW WHICH PROVIDES:
    Section 5.2 of the Code of Conduct Law
    “(b) Any other official appointed by the President who holds a tenured position and desires to contest for public elective office shall resign said post three years prior to the date of such public election.”

    All this silly talk about “due process” are MERE RED HERRINGS TO DIVERT ATTENTION FROM THE FACT THAT SINCE AMOS SAWYER AND HIS BAD GOVERNANCE COMMISSION, AND SPEAKER NUQUAY FAILED IN THEIR ATTEMPTS TO MAKE THE LAW “INAPPLICABLE” TO ESPECALLY ANC AND LIBERTY, AND SAWYER´S FRIEND MILLS JONES, THEY KANGAROO SUPREME COURT HAVE BEEN DICTATED TO BY ELLEN JOHNSON SIRLEAF TO MAKE THE LAW “INAPPLICABLE” TO ANC AND LIBERTY – PARTIES ELLEN IS FUNDING FOR HER SELFISH INTERESTS.

  16. Folks, the Supreme Court is drunkenly dancing to the clashing, conflicting, and confusing rumba of Banks and EJS.

    Simply put, the duo got the court to reverse itself on the CoC never mind the shenanigans fooled no one. And, most likely, if a nationwide poll is conducted now, majority of Liberians would prefer that the Supreme Court doesn’t hear 2017 elections – related cases: it has lost credibility.

  17. Is it ture that the supreme court ruled in favor of Sulunteh and karnwea? #sad, no need to attend law school in Liberia because the Supreme Court is worthless. The ruling from the supreme Court doesn’t in anyway state the constitutionality of why the court ruling should be in favor of any of these guys Sulunteh or Karnwea. In the case of “ex post facto law” the two individuals were not wrongly rejected by NEC, so this law doesn’t apply, but in the case of “ex-ante law” the two individuals should be disqualified because the decision from NEC was forecast in advance. How dare you filled in a form regarding your eligibility and later say it’s applicable to you. Even in the United State, if you apply for security clearence the form itself can disqualify you once your answers are in contrary to the answer expected from you. Please mehn, when you serves on the supreme Court bench you should be able to think meticulously with respect to the law. The supreme Court of Liberia lost her integrity greatly.

  18. The supreme Court of Liberia is suffering from credibility problem. Hope Liberian will be legally informed one of these days.

  19. You are most well come, K.D! In fact, it is you who deserve THE ACTUAL THANKS! For it is via your inquiry our people have actually been able to see how our Supreme Court has ended-up with those STOOGES and pieces of shit calling themselves jurists.

  20. Moment of truth – brazen exemplification of arbitrary rule while noisily singing sweet songs of peace, that is

    Defanging the Code of Conduct speaks to the same condescending arrogance and indifference with which EJS and CO waged a genocidal war to regain power and economic control on the pretense of fighting for rigged presidential elections in a previously one – party political system Liberia. Apparently, these guys are giving notice that they will choose a successor come what may; the Liberian people should brace themselves for any eventuality.

  21. Theoretically, or in fact, legally, the so called CJ has more influence at the SC than Banks. But practically, Banks, the chief stooge, has more influence than the CJ, since they are all STOOGES of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf; and for Banks his reputation and or his conscience can go to hell if that what is required to please blood-drenched Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.

  22. Philip Banks is damn stupid! According to his criminal mentality, the CoC only became law upon or after the Supreme Court in the Polson case declared the law constitutional!

    In other words according to him Banks, aspirants did not have a duty and obligation to abide by the law prior to the Supreme Court’s 3 for and 2 against the constitutionality of the law.

    Or better still, according to the dullard, laws which are not challenged by a complainant or plaintiff and declared constitutional by the Supreme Court, ARE NOT LAWS WHETHER STATUTORY OR BENCH MADE! WHAT A BACKSIDE THINKING FROM THIS BASTARD!

  23. This is what happens when a lawless person and criminal is the leader of a country. Take into account the criminal and unconstitutional conduct of an alien Korkoyah being the Chairman of the NEC!

  24. “The court having taken cognizance of the fact that Karnwea was nevertheless in substantial compliance with the code in resigning said position with the FDA, shortly following the decision of the Supreme Court delivered on March 3,”
    THIS STATEMENT BY JUSTICES PHILLIP BANKS, ALONE, DEMONSTRATES HE IS CORRUPT, DECEITFUL, A “CATALYST OF VIOLENCE IN LIBERIA,” AND F$&KED UP! THE CODE HAS BEEN LAW SINCE PASSED BY LEGISLATURE! NOT ON MARCH 3, 2017 AFTER SUPREME COURT CONFIRMED IT AS LAW! IT WAS CHALLENGED AS LAW AND RE-AFFIRMED BY OUR SUPREME COURT AS LAW OF THE LAND! IT DID NOT BECOME LAW OF LIBEREIA ON “MARCH 3, 2017” AS BANKS PROPOSED IN HIS F%&KED UP RATIONALE!! BY RESIGNINF AFTER SUPREME COURT’S RULIJNG “REAFFIRMING CODE” AS LAW OF LAND, IS AGAINST THE 2-YEAR RESIGNATION PROVISION OF CODE! KARNWEA SHOULD HAVE RESIGNED 2 YEARS AGO! WHETHER OR NOT THE NEC ERRED IS MOOT! BANKS IS A F$&KING DECEITFUL, BAD JUSTICE FOR LIBEREIA! HE IS NO F$*KING “LIB PERRY MASON!!” ONLY JJF CHESSON, SR!!

    • “RE-AFFIRMED IS A BETTER WORD THAN “CONFIRMED (MORE LAYMAN USAGE!)!” THO BOTH DERIVE AT SAME IDEAL! AFFIRM IS BETTER FOR “RESTATING (AS SUPREME CT DID LEGALLY) LAW AS LAW!

  25. The very Banks who voted against the constitutionality of the Code of Conduct Law in March, wrote and delivered the opinion of the court just three months after, in a case on the very CoC Law in which the complainant Karnwea and Sulonteh like the very Banks said the very “CoC Law is unconstitutional; hence they would not adhere to the law.” The Korkpor Bench is a SEWAGE TANK to say the least!

  26. The standard of “time of Court interpretations” as established by the Court in this case is inconsistent with the law controlling in this case. I, however partly agree with the finding of the Court because, as argued by the Asst. Minister, the law does not set disqualification as a penalty. Even with the most “egregious” violation disqualification is still not a penalty under this law. Like most people. I wish the law would have laid out disqualification as a penalty but it does not. The law also calls for “due process” which would allow the accused to face his accusers and defend himself against the accusations. So “the law is the law.”
    Edwin N. Dennis

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