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Elections 2017
 

The Code of Conduct

The Code of Conduct law strictly prohibits public officials from seeking elected offices, while serving in the Executive Branch of government, the law also called on those officials to resign their positions three years prior to election if they have political ambitions.

On March 6, 2014, the House of Representatives finally concurred with the Liberian Senate on the passage of the delayed Code of Conduct Bill. The Senate had earlier passed the bill, which also demands that presidential appointees resign before contesting any elected post; but the House made an increment of three years.

Accordingly, section 5.2 also states, “Wherein, any person in the category stated in section 5.1 herein above, desires to canvass or contest for an elective public position, the following shall apply; a) Any Minister, Deputy Minister, Director-General, Managing Director and Superintendent appointed by the President pursuant to article 56 (a) of the Constitution and a Managing Director appointed by a Board of Directors, who desires to contest for public elective office shall resign said post at least two (2) years prior to the date of such public elections; b) Any other official appointed by the President who holds a tenured position and desires to contest for public elective office shall resign said post three (3) years prior to the date of such public elections.”

In a three count judgment read by Associate Justice Kabineh M. Ja’neh the court rule that the appellate/petitioner, praying the court to declare the Code of Conduct Act unconstitutional for reasons that section 5.2 of the act is discriminatory, arbitrary and capricious and tantamount to amending the eligibility provisions of the Liberian Constitution for public official to qualify as candidates for public offices is not acceptable in law.

However, Associate Justices Philip A.Z. Banks and Jamesetta H. Wolokolie took exception to the judgment of the majority in which they said the petition for declaratory judgment should have been granted by the court. Meanwhile the Chairman of the National Elections Commission (NEC), Cllr. Jerome Korkoya, has publicly vowed to uphold the recent Supreme Court’s ruling on the code of conduct to the letter.

Who is affected by the Code of Conduct? Dr. Mills Jones, former Government of the Central Bank of Liberia and MOVEE Presidential Candidate, Harrison Karnwea, former FDA managing director and Liberty Party Vice Presidential Candidate.

There have been talks of a US Citizenship Clause that if enforced by NEC will affect both Montserrado County Senator George Mannah Weah and Former Coca Cola Executive Alexander Cummings who it has been said are holders of US Passports.

Meet the Candidates

  Photo of Candidate Presidential Candidates Political Parties Link to website
1.

Benoni W. Urey

Benoni W. Urey - Businessman, Mayor of Careysburg and former Commissioner of Maritime Affairs under former President Charles Taylor.

Urey currently owns a 20 percent minority stake in Lonestar Communication Corporation, one of Liberia's largest mobile phone service provider, owner of Wulki Farms an agricultural farm and resort in Careysburg City, and owner of the third largest rubber plantation, Wulki Farms II, located in Konola, Margibi County. He is also the owner of Love Media Incorporated and U-Housing, a real estate development company.

All Liberian Party (ALP) ALP Facebook Page
2.

Alexander Benedict Cummings

Jeremiah Sulunteh

Mr. Alexander Benedict Cummings - also known as Alex, Jr., served as Chief Administrative Officer of the Coca-Cola Company from July 1, 2008 to March 31, 2016 and as its Executive Vice President from July 2002 to March 31, 2016.

Mr. Cummings served as the President of Africa Group of Coca-Cola Company from March 2001 to June 2008 and as its Chief Operating Officer of Africa Group since July 2002. He also served as an Executive Vice President of Coca-Cola Company.

In March 2017, Former Liberian Ambassador to the United States of America, Jeremiah Sulunteh formally crossed over from Unity Party to ANC where it is speculated that he will run as Alex Cummuings Vice President.

Alternative National Congress (ANC) ANC Liberia Website
3.

George Mannah Weah

Jewel Howard Taylor

On Wednesday, November 2, 2016, Three opposition political parties, signed a coalition, or an alliance to merge. The partnership was signed among the Congress for Democratic Change (CDC); former ruling party, the National Patriotic Party (NPP), and the youngest among them, the Liberia People’s Democratic Party (LPDP), at the headquarters of the CDC in Congo Town, culminating in what is now known as the Coalition for Democratic Change (the Coalition).

George Mannah Weah - A current Senator of Montserrado County, was Born 1 October 1966. He is a  politician, and retired footballer who played as a striker. Regarded as one of the greatest African players of all time, and as one of the best forwards of his generation, in 1995 he was named FIFA World Player of the Year and won the Ballon d'Or, becoming the first African player to win these awards. In 1989, 1994 and 1995 he was named the African Footballer of the Year, and in 1996, he was named African Player of the Century. In 2004, he was named by Pelé in the FIFA 100 list of the world's greatest living players.

Jewel Howard Taylor of the former ruling party, the National Patriotic Party (NPP), former wife of Charles Taylor and currently a senior senator of Bong County. Jewel Howard Taylor will be George Weah Running Mate in the October 2017 polls.

 

The Coalition for Democratic Change (the Coalition)

Congress for Democratic Change (CDC)

National Patriotic Party (NPP)

Liberia People Democratic Party (LPDP)

CDC Liberia Website
4.

Charles  Walker Brumskin

Harrison Karnwea

Charles  Walker Brumskin - Born 27 April 1951 is a Liberian politician and attorney. He is the Political Leader of the Liberty Party and came third in the 2005 presidential election. He challenged Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf for the Presidency in 2011 and lost.

He is a senior partner of Brumskine & Associates, a Liberian law firm.

Ahead of a planned convention in Saclepea on March 18, 2017, Liberty Party standard bearer Charles Walker Brumskine announced that former FDA managing director Harrison Karnwea will be Brumskin running mate in the October 2017 polls.

Liberty Party (LP) LP Website
5.

Oscar Cooper

Oscar Cooper - Senator of Margibi County in his bid to see Liberia making the difference among the comity of nations is enhancing Liberians to take control of their economy; meaning Liberians first, to develop the private sector in order to create jobs and decent living wages, a program that believes in building the capacity of the youth with technical skills training and job creation.

Independent Candidate

Senator Cooper has a Facebook page which is accessible at this link https://www.facebook.com/Senator-Oscar-Cooper-Liberian-Senate-Margibi-1-954750731258932/

Independent Candidate

Read more about Oscar Cooper at this link

6.

Although the Code of Conduct bars Former Governor of the Central Bank of Liberia, Dr. J. Mills Jones, from partaking in the 2017 Elections, he has insisted that he will contest. "I will contest and nothing can stop me from being a candidate in the elections come 2017,” he said while addressing members of the Movement for Economic Empowerment (MOVEE) at its headquarters in Monrovia.

Joseph Mills Jones - Former governor of the Central Bank of Liberia was born in Sinoe County, Liberia. He earned a bachelor degree in economics from Cuttington College, now Cuttington University. He also holds master and doctorate degrees in economics from the American University, Washington, D.C.

As CBL Governor, he played a key role in managing the Liberian economy, and was an important member of the team that managed the debt relief process for heavily indebted poor countries with the IMF. The CBL under Dr. Jones’ leadership promoted Liberian entrepreneurship, through programs directed at increasing access to finance for Liberian businesses, including the Liberian Marketing Association, Petty Traders, Farmers and women in the villages through the Village Savings and Loan Associations. Under his leadership, the CBL helped to promote the mortgage industry in Liberia and spearheaded the establishment of Rural Community Finance Institution in various parts of the country, including areas that had not seen a banking institution before.

 


Movement for Economic Empowerment (MOVEE)

Currently MOVEE has no website

But you can read more about Dr. Mills Jones here.

7. Cllr. / Dr. Jallah Barbu - lawyer and former Chairman of the Law Reform Commission (LRC).

Cllr. Barbu earned a Diploma in Machinery from Booker Washington Institute (BWI) and matriculated at the University of Liberia, where he received a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting and the Law degree from the Louis Arthur Grimes School of Law. He enrolled at the University of Indiana, Maurer School of Law in Bloomington, Indiana, USA where he earned his Masters and Doctorate (SJD) degree in Law.

Liberian National Union (LINU) Currently LINU has no website
8.

Simeon Freeman - Businessman and Standard Bearer for the Movement for Progressive Change (MPC). He is part owner of the Consolidated Group a Liberian communications technology firm that provides DSTV Cable TV service in Liberia.

 

Movement for Progressive Change (MPC) MPC Facebook Page
9. Jones Nhinson Williams - was born in Southeastern Liberia in the town of Pleebo, Maryland. He has a Master of Science degree with a concentration in International Management, Public Policy and Finance from New York University’s Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. New Liberia Party (NLP) NLP Facebook Page
10.

Joseph Nyumah Boakai (born 30 November 1944) is a Liberian politician who has been Vice President of Liberia since January 2006, serving under President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.

Boakai worked both in the public and private sectors. He worked for the Liberia Produce Marketing Corporation in the 1970s. From 1983 to 1985, he served as Minister of Agriculture under President Samuel Doe.  He later worked as a consultant to the World Bank in Washington and also founded a firm dealing in agricultural equipment and consultancy. He has served as board chairman of the Liberia Wood Management Corporation and of the Liberia Petroleum Refining Company.

Unity Party (UP) Currently UP has no website
11. Prince Yormie Johnson born 6 July 1952 is a Liberian politician and the current Senior Senator from Nimba County. A former rebel leader, Johnson played a prominent role in the First Liberian Civil War, in particular capturing, torturing, and executing President Samuel Doe. Movement for Democracy and Reconstruction (MDR) Currently MDR has no website.
12.

Dr. Jeremiah Z. Whapoe is from Nimba County and was born in Monrovia on June 28, 1968.  He graduated from the William V. S. Tubman High School in 1988 .

He obtained a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from the College of Office Technology in Chicago. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, a Master of Social Work with emphasis in Community Health and Urban Development. While in the United States, Dr. Whapoe worked for both government and private institutions.

Vision for Liberia Transformation (VOLT) VOLT Website
13.

Augustine Kpehe Ngafuan born April 7, 1970 served from 2012 to 2015 as the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Liberia, in the administration of President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf.Ngafuan was Minister of Finance for Liberia during Johnson-Sirleaf's first term, and was then appointed as Foreign Minister at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on January 17, 2012. He resigned his post as Foreign Minister which took effect on October 10, 2015, in order to be eligible to contest the presidential and general elections in 2017. 

Joined Victory for Change (VCF) but has not been announced as the Standard Bearer of the party No Political party announced and no website
Others who have expressed interest in running in the 2017 Elections but have not been associated with a Political Party
13. All Liberia Coalition Party (ALCOP)      
14. Alliance of Peace and Democracy (ADP)      
15. Grassroot Democratic Party of Liberia (GDPL)      
16. Liberia Transformation Party (LTP)      
17.

National Democratic Coalition (NDC)

Coalition between the Free Democratic Party (FDP) & the New DEAL Movement.

     
18. People's Unification Party (PUP)      
19. True Whig Party (TWP)      
20. Union of Liberian Democrats (ULD)      
21.

Cllr. Marcus Jones - Counselor Jones, is chief executive officer of the Jones and Associate Law Firm.

In October 2012, The Supreme Court further ruled that Cllr. Jones who is also a professor of law at the Lewis Arthur Grimes School of Law be suspended for at least five years from practice directly or indirectly for misapplying US$62K entrusted to him by his client.

Victory for Change (VFC)