House Elects Delegates to ECOWAS Parliament

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The House of Representatives on Tuesday elected a three-member delegation to the Parliament of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) for a four-year term.

Those elected to the ECOWAS parliament are Jefferson Kanmoh of Sinoe County, Haja Siryon of Bomi County and Montserrado County Electoral District #5 Representative Edwin Snowe.

Karmoh and Snowe, according to the Liberia News Agency (LINA), were elected on white ballots, while Siryon defeated Representative Munah Pelham Youngblood, 45 to 11 votes to claim the spot. Two invalid ballots were reported during the counting process.

Prior to the conduct of the election, Kanmoh and Siryon as well as Eugene Fallah Kparkar of Lofa County were representing the House of Representatives at the ECOWAS Parliament.

Kparkar did not contest the 2015 election, which was conducted by the Chief Clerk Mildred Sayon in keeping with the rules of the House.

Meanwhile, barely ten days after President Sirleaf requested the House of Representatives to postpone its recess by six weeks, the House on Tuesday failed to convene session.

President Sirleaf’s request was intended to allow the deliberation and passage into law of several bills, including the Monrovia City Corporation (MCC) Compact, Electricity Bill and Police and Immigration Acts sent to the Representatives several weeks earlier.

Legislative reporters and members of civil society had gathered at the House as usual to witness the session, but the doors of the House Chambers remained closed throughout the day, indicating that they were not sitting.

Reasons for the failure were not established, but sources close to the leadership of the House, who opted not to be named, told the Liberia News Agency that the legislators did not convene because they were preparing a resolution to legitimize the extension as requested by the President.

In keeping with the Constitution of Liberia, in the event the President requests the legislators to extend their sitting, there should be a resolution signed by a two-thirds majority of the membership of the body.

Under the Constitution, the House should take its annual break in September and return in January the following year.

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