The Election Coordinating Committee Chairman, Oscar Bloh, has joined other Liberians and politicians to differ with statement made by the Governance Commission head, Dr. Amos C. Sawyer, to suspend portion of the Code of Conduct.
The ECC Chairman action is based on the annual report made by Governance Commission, which declared part five sections 5.1 and, 5.2 of the Code of Conduct inapplicable to the 2017 Presidential and Legislative Elections. Addressing a news conference yesterday at the Election Coordinating Committee Headquarters in Sinkor , Chairman Bloh said the Election Coordinating Committee shares the view with many Liberians who believe there can be no peaceful and smooth political transition in the absence of the rule of law. He maintained that the rule of law is the best way by which a peaceful election can be held. Bloh said that it is only the court that can decide whether a law is applicable or inapplicable not an individual. The Election Coordinating Committee is a civil society platform that observes all aspect of elections in Liberia and works in partnership with the National Democratic Institute. It can be recalled that the Chairman of the main opposition political party, the Coalition for Democratic Change, Nathaniel Mcgill, said his party will not be involved in any constitutional violation, relative to the suspension of the Code of Conduct or any other provisions of the Liberian constitution. The McGill noted that his party respects the rule of law and will abide by it at all times. He however warned those calling for suspension of the Code of Conduct to desist. Also condemning the GC boss’ action, the head of a local organization, ‘Common People Alliance’, Saydee Momo, says it is unfortunate for Dr. Sawyer as crafter of the law to call for its suspension. However, he called on Sawyer to abandon his campaign for the suspension of any aspect of the Code of Conduct and openly apology to the Liberian people.