The CoC is an Act of Legislature prescribing a National Code of Conduct for all public officials and employees of the Government of Liberia. It was enacted in accordance with constitutional provisions enshrined in Article 90 of the Constitution of Liberia.
It can be recalled that the Maryland lawmaker recently petitioned the Liberian Senate to repeal in its entirety the Code on grounds that the key purpose of the CoC as stated in its preamble, "has been reversed by rulings of the Supreme Court."
But the Senate Committee on Judiciary, chaired by Corporate Lawyer Varney Sherman proposed in its report to the body on Tuesday that the Bill by Morais be rejected and put aside on grounds that if there exists any flaws in the Code, it should rather be amended instead of being repealed in its entirety.
The Committee said in its report that it noted with grave concern that a repeal of the CoC would mean that Liberia would have no such document until there is a replacement thereof.
The report said that a repeal of the code, which was carved in 2014, would constitute a violation of the nation's Constitution, which mandates the legislature to prescribe a National Code of Conduct.
Among other recommendations, the Committee said that considering the issues raised by Senator Morais relating to the code, and the recent decision of the Supreme Court which undermines the instrument, a special Committee be constituted by the Senate to review the Legislation and make further recommendations to the body.