National Elections Commission (NEC) Chairman Jerome G. Korkoyah
NEC Will Uphold Code Of Conduct, Says Korkoyah
By Joseph Toe
MONROVIA, April 3 (LINA) - National Elections Commission (NEC) Chairman Jerome G. Korkoyah has said the Commission is under obligation to uphold the Code of Conduct to the letter in conformity with the Constitution.
“We are under oath to observe and respect the Constitution which is the organic law of Liberia and that includes the Supreme Court decision, statutory laws, ordinances and every instrument,” he added.
The NEC chairman was speaking on 99.1 FM “News Net” Monday during which he defined the commission’s position as it relates to the Supreme Court’s ruling declaring the controversial Code of Conduct legal and binding early March.
Immediately following the Supreme Court’s ruling, fingers were being pointed at the political leader of the Movement for Economic Empowerment (MOVEE), J. Mills Jones, Alternative National Congress (ANC) political leader Alexander Cummings and Harrison Karnweah, recently nominated recently as running mate to Liberty Party standard bearer Charles Brumskine.
Liberians and politicians are arguing that Jones, former Executive Governor of the Central Bank of Liberia (CBL), Cummings, a member of the Board of Directors of the Booker Washington Institute (BWI) and Karnweah, former Managing Director of the Forestry Development Authority (FDA) are in violation of the code for their failure to resign their positions in advance of their desire to run for political offices as stated by the code.
However, Korkoyah made it clear NEC is not the body to determine which presidential hopeful violates or is not in violation of the Code of Conduct.
He said that it rests within the purview of the Office of the Ombudsman, the body to adjudicate violations during the electioneering process.
“All we know is that we are under oath to uphold the Code of Conduct to the highest extent even though there are many things in the code that we don’t have anything to do with and others that we have something to with,” he pointed out.