Barely three days after the rejection of its Vice-Presidential candidate by the National Elections Commission (NEC) as per the Code of Conduct, the leadership of the opposition Alternative National Congress (ANC) is expected to hold a major press conference on Monday, July 10, 2017 at the headquarters of the Party.
According to sources closed to the Party leadership, the press conference will highlight the current political situation in the Country, and probably speak to also speak on the rejection of its Vice-Presidential candidate, Amb. Jeremiah Sulunteh by the National Elections Commission.
Last week, two running mates from the Liberty Party (LP) and the Alternative National Congress (ANC), Harrison Karnwea of the Liberty Party and Ambassador Jeremiah Sulunteh were rejected by the National Elections Commission.
Section 5.1 and 5.2 of the Code of Conduct provides 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.
The CoC also states that such persons cannot (c) Serve on a campaign team of any political party, or the campaigns of any independent candidate.
Section 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).