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IF ALL LIBERIANS agree that elections serve as conduit for keeping a country stable and peaceful as developed and productive given that it allows everyone qualified under the law to exercise their democratic rights to freely elect their leaders, then those who manage the process themselves must be immaculate to an appreciable degree.

By this, their conducts, interactions or associations should be in line with set principles and guidelines, let alone the laws of the land. One scholar once said: America’s greatness is pillared on its respect for the law. The law is supreme in America and it does not protect anyone, regardless of status. It is a complete contrast that we tailored everything of ours after America but fall short of abiding by the law.

THE INTRO HERE should serve as reminder to all Liberians concerning the smoke that is billowing at the National Elections Commission (NEC) with regards the ‘dual citizenship’ claims leveled against Chairman Cllr. Jerome Korkoya. While the Chairman the entire Commission rebuffed the report, publication by LIBPOLITICS, an online news outlet about Liberia, of Cllr. Korkoya voting credentials in the US signaled a complete twist and solidified critics’ views and concerns and even rendered him somehow disqualified.

THE ARGUMENT IS not that Cllr. Korkoya does not have the academic baptisms, or it is about he being unable to manage the Commission to conduct a free and fair elections, or he will weigh the outcome in favor of someone; rather is about the wellbeing and integrity of the organic laws of the land. As a lawyer, he is aware or he should be aware that it is abominable for any Liberian to act in ways that infringe on the law.

WE THINK NOT that the argument should surround denial and defense as Cllr. Korkoya and the NEC have done, but this issue can be addressed on the back of adhering to the dictates of the laws he swore to protect. Essentially, anyone whose actions are complete abrogation of the law is not worthy of the crown, no matter his credentials or immediacy to the ‘throne.’ We want to leave this with the appointing power - the president – to make a determination of the issue considering the glaring reality presented by the LIBPOLITICS reports.

THE REASON WHY we don’t see it expedient to call on the President to dismiss him –although it is necessary at this point in time - is because we did not ask her to appoint him in the first place. She did so, we believe, because she did not have all the facts available to her. We sure she is also taken aback by the veracity of the information and may be taking otherwise. However, it is safe to say that the stakes are extremely high for something to be done to safeguard the Liberian Constitution.

THERE MAY BE other Liberians in position of trust who are just as culpable as the NEC boss on the issue of ‘dual citizenship,’ but until revealed and proven, they remain legitimate Liberians qualified to serve their motherland. In reverse, it is the highest of honor when one implicated in something unworthy of him/her, as a public figure, to call a quit voluntarily. This is certainly a grave issue that must not be taken for granted because abrogation of the constitution is not negotiable. 

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