As it stands, three individuals (all males) have been qualified to contest the next presidential election of the Liberia National Bar Association (LNBA).
In keeping LNBA’s mandate, the incumbent president Cllr. Theophilus Gould, is ineligible to contest due to term limits.
The elections, described by many lawyers as “highly contestable,” would be held on Saturday, May 30, in Buchanan, Grand Bassa County.
Those contesting the presidency include Cllr. Tiawan Gongloe, Cllr. Lavala Koboi Johnson and Moses Paegar.
Cllr. Tiawon Gongloe is a human rights advocate, who has served as Solicitor General for more than three years in the Unity Party Government as well as Minister of Labor respectively.
As Labor Minister, Cllr. Gongloe resigned after President Ellen Sirleaf asked all cabinet ministers to go on “administrative leave.”
Under his watchful eyes as Solicitor General, former officials of the National Transitional Legislative Assembly (NTLA) including Chairman Charles Gyude Bryant were prosecuted for allegedly stealing and misapplying state funds.
Cllr. Gongloe also tried former Acting Speaker of the National Transitional Assembly, George Koukou, along with former Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) General Charles Julu for treason and ordered the arrest and prosecution of Senator Roland Kaine of Margibi County murder in the death of more than 15 young people who were massacred on June 3, 2008.
For Cllr. Paegar, he was one of those lawyers, who served on the commission, which drafted a new Commercial Code and also the law for establishment of a Commercial Court in Liberia.
After graduating from law school in 1994, Cllr. Paegar joined Sherman & Sherman as an Assistant Counsel, but left after barely five months of service to serve the government as the managing director of the Liberia Electricity Corporation (LEC).
Counselor Paegar became the managing director of Sherman & Sherman in August 2001. In 2003, while still managing the Sherman & Sherman, he was appointed by the government as chairman of the Board of Directors of the LEC.
As for Cllr. Lavala Koboi Johnson, he served as former Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Liberia, during the government of President Charles Taylor.
Those contesting the vice president position include; Counsels J. Bima Lansanah, G. Wiefueh A. Sageh and Sylvester Rennie.
For the position of Secretary General are, Attorneys Dallamah J. Sulonteh, Bobby W. Livingstone and Emmanuel Reeves.
Atty. Kundukai Joleiba is the only person contesting the treasure position.