7 March 2013

Liberia: Our Renewed Call to the 53rd Legislature


We are again cautiously calling on the 53rd Legislature to do everything humanly possible to pass the Code of Conduct, which has been before the Legislature for several years.

Among other things, the Code of Conduct sets out standards of behaviour and conduct by public servants, guides, regulates and ensures compliance with the norms and behaviours required of a public servant.

Our renewed call to the 53rd Legislature is predicated on the failure of the 52nd Legislature to pass the Code of Conduct, despite persistent calls for the First Branch to pass this important document.

Prominent amongst those, who pleaded with the erstwhile 52nd Legislature to pass the Code of Conduct, is former United States Secretary of State, Hilary Clinton.

But the incessant calls fell on deaf ears, as the 52nd Legislature ended its mandate without passing this important document.

We consider the Code of Conduct as very germane to the continued fight against corruption and other vices, which have the propensity to undercut our nascent democracy.

We encourage the 53rd Legislature to leave no stone unturned in ensuring that the Code of Conduct is passed for the enhancement of our democratic gains.

Earnestly, the Code of Conduct, when passed into law, will give big boost to the continued fight against corruption in the country.

The 53rd Legislature, we again urge, must not thread the path of the 52nd Legislature, which downplayed the calls of the people when it refused to pass the Code of Conduct

To this end, we again call on the 53rd Legislature to act suitably on the Code of Conduct for the betterment of our country.

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