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Bong Representative Aspirant Hails Govt For Code of Conduct
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Bong Representative Aspirant Hails Gov’t For Code of Conduct 

By Philip T. Singbah LINA, Bong County Correspondent

GBARNGA, October 7 (LINA)-A Representative aspirant in the 2017 Legislative Election for Electoral District # 5 in Bong County, Mr. Lepolu Torlon, has expressed full support for Section 5 of the National Code of Conduct for Public Officials.

Torlon noted that the Act of the National Legislature prescribing a Code of Conduct for public officials, especially on political participation, is of  relevance to the country’s political landscape.

Section 5.1 of the Code of Conduct states that all officials appointed by the President shall not engage in political activities, canvass or contest for elected office, serve on campaign teams of any political party, or the campaign of any independent candidate.

Section 5.2 states that any appointed public official wishing to get involved in political activities, canvass or contest for elected office, should resign his or her post at least two (2) years prior to the date of the elections.

Torlon believes that this law protects state resources and enhances maturity among political actors in the country.

He told the Liberia News Agency in Gbarnga on Tuesday that public officials in Liberia, especially those implementing state policies, often misuse the country’s resources to get elected at the expense of the ordinary people.

The Bong County legislative aspirant pointed out that those affected by the Code of Conduct have no reason to complain because the law does not deny their participation but rather requests them to resign before seeking elective posts.

Torlon disagrees with those who think the law contradicts the Constitution of Liberia; noting, “The law is in the best interest of the Liberian people.”

Meanwhile, Torlon has praised President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf for submitting the document to the National Legislature for enactment.

Debates are continuing in Bong County about the Code of Conduct in the wake of the declaration of intent by some citizens of the county who are currently serving in the Executive branch, to contest the 2017 Legislative Election. 

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