‘Sulunteh Will be on the Ballot,’ ANC Assures Partisans

ANC standard bearer Alex B. Cummings (in brown shirt) and vice standard bearer Jeremiah Sulunteh (in dark suit) flanked by supporters

The Supreme Court is aware of the implications of its decision to uphold the constitutionality of the Code of Conduct (CoC), which bars presidential appointees unless they resigned two years prior to the elections, and will accordingly brace itself for the legal battles that may come after any decision by the National Elections Commission to bar any of these appointees.

Accordingly, the Alternative National Congress (ANC) will be seeking the court’s indulgence to better interpret what it has upheld—a process from which the party strongly believes it would emerge from with flying colors.

The National Elections Commission (NEC) at the candidate nomination proceedings on Thursday at the Samuel Kanyon Doe Sports Complex in Paynesville, rejected ANC’s vice standard bearer Ambassador Jeremiah Sulunteh. The former Liberian Ambassador to the United States was appointed running mate to standard bearer Alexander B. Cummings.

Also rejected at Thursday’s event was Harrison Karnwea, the vice standard bearer of Charles Brumskine’s Liberty Party (LP).

The ANC told its many members on Monday that there is no need to panic as their second-in-command will definitely contest in the upcoming elections.

Addressing a press conference at the ANC’s headquarters, the party’s chairman, L. Orishall Gould, said the NEC’s decision will be engaged in a legal battle to ensure that justice is served as their candidate has not violated the Code of Conduct. The ANC is expected to begin the legal battle very soon and this would be one of many high profile cases that the court is bracing itself to handle, toward clarifying the Code of Conduct.

A confident chairman Gould told the gathering that the ANC vice standard bearer will be on the ballot in October.

“We would like to formally assure all of our executive committee members, partisans and well-wishers that Ambassador Sulunteh will be joining our standard bearer, Alexander B. Cummings, on the ballots this October following this certification process,” Gould said.

“We stand firmly confident in this belief. Our lawyers, previous to his appointment as Mr. Cummings’ running mate, found him to wholly be in good standing with the law, as he has been in the entirety of his career as a politician.

“We call on you to remain calm, confident, and not distracted over the recent announcement from the National Election Commission. We ask all our supporters to remain focused on creating a better Liberia, where all voters are allowed to fairly make their decision this October so that we all can have a Liberia we deserve.”

The ANC chairman in a firm tone also told journalists that the ANC has confidence in the NEC and believes that it is capable of conducting a credible, free, fair and transparent election.  The ANC’s reaffirmation of confidence in the NEC came barely a day after the Liberty Party (LP) said the NEC is not credible.

It may be recalled that Ambassador Sulunteh and Mr. Karnwea were rejected barely hours after presenting their nomination forms to be finally cleared or given authorizations as legitimate contestants in the October polls. These two bring the total number to four candidates that have been rejected by the NEC. Last week two representative aspirants from Montserrado and Gbarpolu counties were disqualified by the NEC on the basis of the CoC.

In the next few days, it is strongly anticipated that the docket of the nation’s highest court will be flooded with Code of Conduct related cases.

Sulunteh resigned his post as Liberian Ambassador to the United States in February and later crossed over to the ANC.
He was a top ranking member of the ruling Unity Party (UP), serving formerly as senior national vice chairman of the UP. He had previously served as Minister of Post and Telecommunications and Minister of Transport.


  • I am a Liberian journalist, born November 7 and hailed from the Southeast and of the kru tribe. I began contributing to the Daily Observer 2008 and was fully employed in 2012. I am the 3rd of eight children and named after my great grandfather. Am happily married with three children (girls). I am a full member of the Press Union of Liberia (PUL) and also the Sports Writers Association of Liberia (SWAL) and the Legislative Press Pool (LEGISPOL). I can be contacted through email: [email protected] or cell number/WhatsApp: (+231) 0886585875 or Facebook.


  1. Vice Presidential candidates are easily replaced if disqualified by NEC. Factually, all canvassing positions in an election are scripted, not a crisis issue. There are many capable people in Liberia. This nation must be made healthy again.
    Gone in silence.

  2. Why waste time and resource when it is patently clear that Mr. Sulunteh is not eligible to run? Pick another running mate and move on, period.

  3. What is wrong with Charles Brumskine, Alex Cummings and others? Are these presidential candidates really serious about running Liberia, should Liberia be a lawless country or a country the president should be above the law? Brumskine, shouldn’t you have known that this man was not eligible or because you want the presidency so badly you were willing to take a chance since you believed the Liberian People are not informed? This time you and Mr. Cummings got caught. Brumskine, I was on your team 2005, one of the founder of FOB and very good friend to your sister. I know you to be very principled and welled informed, please don’t try to play the Liberian people. I am disappointed
    Brunskine the lawyer, very smart man is telling us that he wants to be our president but we should not honor any law of the land? With regards to Cummings, of course he doesn’t care about Liberia. He is a citizen of another country{united States}There are welled-meaning Liberians in the Diaspora, I don’t think one is Cummings(former Coco cola executives), where was Cummings 2014 {EBOLA}when so many Liberians or Marylander needed assistance from a Liberians Millionaire like you?
    Should the Liberian Presidency be sold to a foreigner {Cummings) or the highest bider? By the way, have you given up your US citizenship?

    • Mr. Morris, did you read along the lines prior to posting your Editorial on what is taking place in Liberian POLITIC? I am very surprise, you did not apply critical thinking in your writing. LIBERIA is a Nation that usually applies the Consitiution where it is not applicable. The So-called Code of Conduct has been unjustly executed because the Ruling UNITY Party wants to maintain power and it is been supported by the Legislature and Judiciary or Supreme Court. One thing, I know is, the Law will not stand. LIBERIA will not allow the PRESIDENCY to be awarded to Mr. Boakai and a group of corrupt LAWMAKERS. We, the people will revoke and the WORLD will hear and see the POWER of the LIBERIAN PEOPLE. CORRUPTIONS HAVE TO STOP.

  4. With the Supreme Court’s bombardments been bombarded at Abu Kamara and his charge and bill lawyers, you bet ANC, Sulonteh, and his so called lawyers SHALL BACK OFF! With the kind of no nonesense language coming from jurists like AJ Kabineh AJ Banks, and the CJ himself, we would not be surprised to see other INELIGIBLES OR REJECTEDS STAYING AWAY FROM THE TEMPLE OF JUSTICE FOR NOW!

  5. Sulunteh, puah! looka him, Liberian in the U.S. can’t even get their passports stamp on time during your leadership as ambassador, than you say you wan be VP for LIB. let thunder fire you.

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