An official of the Movement for Economic Empowerment or MOVEE has said it was a waste of time to have observed this year’s National Unification Day.
Mr. Robert Sammy, MOVEE’s Vice Chairman for Communication and Media relations, said it is an irony to talk about national unification in the midst of disunity and laws that are discriminatory.
Mr. Sammy was making specific reference to the Code of Conduct that he described as discriminatory and bad.
It can be recalled that on the 3rd March 2017, three of the five Justices on the Supreme Court bench voted in favored of the National Code of Conduct Act submitted by the Executive Branch of Government in 2009.
Chief Justice Francis S. Korkpor, together with Associate Justices Kabineh M. Ja’neh, both of Nimba County, and Sie-A- Nyene G. Youh said they enacted on the wisdom of the Legislature in the supreme interest of the Liberian people.
Bong County Superintendent Selena Polson-mappy, who expressed her desire to contest one of the representative seats in her county during October elections, was the person who filed a petition to the Supreme Court against the passage of the Code of Conduct.
Accordingly, section 5.2 of the Code of Conduct states, “Wherein any person in the category stated in section 5.1 desires to canvass or contest 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 Directors, who desires to contest for public elective office shall resign said post at least two years prior to the date of such public elections; 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 elections.”
Sammy was reacting to public perceptions that the Code of Conduct would disqualify MOVEE standard bearer of Dr. J. Mills Jones from contesting the ensuring presidential election.
The MOVEE official reiterated that Dr. Jones committed no crime and will be on the ballot paper in the upcoming 2017 elections.