For Immediate Release
12 July, 2016
MONROVIA, LIBERIA: – The Elections Coordinating Committee, (ECC) has observed with grave concern a breach in certain provisions of the National Code of Conduct for all public officials and employees of the government of Liberia during the just ended Unity Party’s National Convention held in Gbarnga from July 7-9, 2016.
Section 5.1 of the Code of Conduct that focuses on Political Participation states: “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 partisan or political activities;
- That the participation and election of several appointed government officials to key leadership positions within the Unity Party is a form of engaging in political activities in breach of Section 5.1 (a) as stated above.
- That the holding of the convention at the Administrative Building which is a government facility and the use of government vehicles which encompasses equipment and resources also contravenes Section 5.1B of the Code of Conduct cited above. Several Government vehicles with the identification inscriptions such as GSA-MFDP-04-16 LB 1665 and GSA-MFDP-05-5 were observed parked for hours within the vicinity where the Convention was taking place.
Apart from these contraventions of the Code of Conduct, the ECC also observed that those elected to serve in key leadership positions within the party are overwhelming men which was not gender sensitive in keeping with the amended Elections Law of 1986 Section 4.5 1(b) which states that “A political party of coalition in its submission to the Commission of its list of candidates for an election shall endeavor to ensure that the governing body and its list of candidates has no less than 30% of its members from each gender”.
In furtherance of its observation, the ECC wishes to commend the Unity Party for a peaceful conduct of its convention.
At the same time, in keeping with Section 12.1 of the Code of Conduct, the ECC is calling on the President to establish the Office of the Ombudsman responsible for the enforcement, oversight, monitoring and evaluation of the adherence to the Code of Conduct.
The elections work of the ECC is conducted in partnership with the National Democratic Institute (NDI) with support from USAID.
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Elections Coordinating Committee (ECC) is a non-partisan network of civil society organizations that monitors, documents, and reports on election issues to promote transparency and accountability in Liberia and strengthen the democratic process.
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