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The Liberia National Police (LNP) has set the ‘redline’ before officers aspiring for elected positions in the ensuing general and legislative elections to relinquish their respective positions within the time limit of 48 hours.

LNP sets redlineThe remonstrance which comes barely less than a week to the official opening of campaign in Liberia demonstrates its commitment to withhold professional standards as well as its integrity.
Police spokesman Sam Collins Monday told reporters that officers cleared by the NEC must resign and turn over all police properties in their possessions. He says the police was making the demand because the concerned officers’ action contravenes the police code of ethics, stressing “one cannot be serving in the force and at the same time run for political or public office.”
“I learned that some officers of the LNP have been cleared by the NEC to contest the pending elections,” Collins said, and added “therefore, I’m calling on them to resign said posts within 48 hours.”
He did not disclose names of officers cleared by NEC to contest the pending elections, but noted that they have not gotten the full listing of the concerned officers.
Collins maintained: “The act is dishonesty and disservice to the rule of law, for people to be serving in public offices and at the same time fostering their political agenda; therefore, it is right for those involved to quit the job.”
Article 5.10 of the code of conduct states that a public official should not use his or her position to engage into any political activities that has the ability to bring about conflict of interest.
When questioned as to whether he has the listing of officers cleared by the NEC, Collins noted the he is yet to get the full listing of cleared officers, the names of some commissioners of the police have been identified.
The police spokesman did not state whether or not there will be any penalties for individuals who will not be in compliance with the police mandate, but has rather appealed to parties guilty to step aside.

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