September 25, 2023

Pres. Weah Mandates Appointed Gov’t Officials Wanting to Contest 2023 Elections to Resign Before April 7

Monrovia, Liberia – President George Weah has mandated all appointed officials of government aspiring for elected positions in the October 10, 2023, Legislative and Presidential elections to resign on or before April 2023.

The Liberian President order contained in Executive Order #117 issued Tuesday, March 14, 2023, is consistent with amended Sections 5.2 and 10.2 of the 2014 Code of Conduct enacted, approved and printed in handbills on December 29, 2022.

President Weah acknowledged that the objectives of the Code of Conduct is to dissociate the fiduciary duty of trust, integrity and loyalty owed by public officials to the people from their personal desires to contest elections at the expense of public resources.

The executive order stated that the Act provides that all officials appointed by the President who desires to canvass or contest for an elective public office within the Government of Liberia shall resign his or her position one (1) year before the date on which the election for the post for which he/she intends to contest.

The Liberian Chief Executive, however, acknowledged that with about seven months to the conduct of elections on the amended Act can’t prevent public officials from contesting in said elections.
President Weah Reminded appointed public officials to act in accordance with the Law.

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