Do what is morally right, urges Commissioner

The law does not make it compulsory for LLG presidents wanting to contest national elections to resign from office.

But Electoral Commissioner Patilias Gamato urged them to do what is morally right to avoid abusing public property and funds.  

Section 5 of the Organic Law on Duties and Responsibilities of Leadership (OLDRL) prohibits a leader from using his/her office for personal benefits.

Application of public funds for purposes of soliciting votes is a matter of personal interest and will attract charges under the Organic Law.

For instance, if a president of an LLG uses his/her official vehicle, given under the LLG, for purposes of campaigning for the national elections, then this matter of personal interest will amount to misconduct in office.

“Therefore, LLG presidents should give notice prior to contesting the 2017 national elections to avoid any act that may lead to breaches of OLDRL,” Gamato said.

 “The Electoral Commission has no powers to reject a nomination form of a LLG member on the basis that the candidate is a serving LLG member.

“It is, therefore, the duty of the leader to ensure that his/her conduct does not offend the requirements of the Leadership Code.”

The LLG Elections will be held in 2018.  

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Charles Yapumi