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Proposal to Remove Tenure Proposal in violation of the code of conduct (COC)

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February 19, 2024
Submitted by Robert Wilmot Kpadeh, BSc, MA, LLM

Introduction:
The integrity of public officeholders during presidential elections is fundamental to the democratic process. Ensuring that individuals in key positions uphold ethical standards and adhere to the Code of Conduct (COC) is essential for maintaining public trust. This proposal addresses concerns related to the tenure positions held by public officials who violate the COC during presidential elections, aiming to establish accountability and preserve the credibility of the electoral process.

Given the significance of presidential elections as the bedrock of democratic governance and the imperative for upholding transparency, impartiality, and ethical conduct, it is crucial to address instances where public officials with tenure positions violate the Code of Conduct (COC) during electoral processes. Recent incidents have cast a shadow over the integrity of public institutions, necessitating decisive action to restore public trust and safeguard the democratic process.

In accordance with the Code of Conduct, specifically Section 5.8 “It is unlaw for any Civil Servant employed in any branch of the Government to use his official authority or influence for the purpose of interfering with an election or affecting the result thereof. No officer or employee in the Executive Branch of Government, or any agency or department thereof, shall take any active part in political management or in political campaigns. All such persons shall retain the right to vote as they may choose and express their opinions on all political subjects.”, which explicitly prohibits civil servants from using official authority or influence to interfere with elections or engage in political campaigns, it is evident that certain public officials with tenure positions have breached these regulations. This violation not only compromises the impartiality of public institutions but also undermines the democratic principles enshrined in the electoral system.

Based on the violation, section 5.9 provides that “Any public official, after due process, who is found guilty of violating any provision of this section shall be immediately removed from the position or office held by him/her, and thereafter no part of the funds appropriated by any law for such position or office shall be used to pay compensation to such person”.

Therefore, we recommend the removal of tenure positions for public officials found guilty of significant COC violations during presidential elections. The rationale behind this recommendation is rooted in the following principles:

Preservation of Democratic Values: Upholding the integrity of democratic processes is paramount. Public officials with tenure positions are entrusted with responsibilities that demand an unwavering commitment to impartiality and adherence to the COC. Removal of tenure for those who violate these principles ensures the preservation of democratic values.

Restoration of Public Trust: COC violations erode public confidence in the electoral system and public institutions. By taking decisive action against individuals with tenure positions who breach the COC, we signal a commitment to accountability and transparency, thereby contributing to the restoration of public trust.

Alignment with Legal and Ethical Standards: The recommendation to remove tenure positions aligns with both legal mandates and ethical standards outlined in the Code of Conduct. It emphasizes the accountability of public officials and underscores the consequences of actions that contravene established rules and regulations.

Promotion of Fairness and Impartiality: The removal of tenure for public officials involved in COC violations reinforces the commitment to fairness and impartiality in electoral processes. It sends a clear message that the misuse of official authority for political purposes will not be tolerated, fostering a more equitable political environment.

The recommendation to remove tenure positions for public officials in violation of the Code of Conduct during presidential elections is a decisive step towards upholding the principles of democracy, restoring public trust, and ensuring the accountability of those entrusted with key responsibilities. This proposal seeks to reinforce the foundation of ethical conduct within public institutions and contribute to the robustness of the democratic electoral process.

Names of Institutions in Violation of the Code of Conduct:
 Liberia Telecommunications Authority (LTA)
 National Social Security Corporation (NASSCORP)
 Liberia Land Commission (LLA)
 National Fisheries & Aquaculture Authority (NaFAA)

In view of the above, we have attached pictorial evidence for your due consideration.

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