Charles Brumskine is arguably one of the five leading contenders for the presidency of Liberia in the ensuing General and Presidential elections slated for October 2017. By most accounts, he seems a respectable and suitable candidate but on the key question of whether he is electable, the answer is mixed but largely leans towards the NO column.
Recently, the Liberian political space, especially social media, went haywire with the news that Ben Urey and Prince Johnson had formed a coalition. Without fully understanding the letter of the agreement that was signed, everyone believed that PYJ would be going as vice presidential candidate to Urey. It was the regular stereotype that leads many to conclude that PYJ would be Urey’s Veep.
Article 90 (c) of the 1986 Constitution stipulates that the Legislature shall prescribe a Code of Conduct (CoC) for the purpose of ensuring that public officials don’t engage in conflicts of interest or act against public policies. In fulfillment of that constitutional provision, a March 2014 Law was promulgated to serve as a valuable instrument for the enforcement of the said provision laid out by the Constitution. However, because it was poorly written by men with devious intents, it has now become, arguably, an instrument of grave controversies and confusion.
The first notable and consequential decision to be made by any presidential candidate is the selection of a running mate. This decision is of grave consequence because whoever is selected as running mate is a “heart beat” away from the presidency. Most times, announcement of such candidate is informed by an extensive work done by a party committee appointed by the candidate to scout and analyze the suitability of potential mates. Only in rare instances will you find the presidential candidate suggesting a running mate to an executive committee for appraisal and endorsement.