The membership of the House of Representatives has been fully completed, totaling 73 members. This followed the formal affirmation of oath to the remaining two Representatives on Tuesday, April 17, during the 20th day sitting of the Legislature.
Nimba and Bong counties District 4 Representatives, Gonpue L. Kargon and Robert Flomo Womba respectively, were installed by Speaker Bhofal Chambers yesterday.
Reps. Kargon and Womba replaced Messrs Garrison Yealue and Lester Paye respectively.
The investiture of the two newly-certificated lawmakers was in accordance with Chapter 5 of the House’s Rules and Procedures, which says: “each member of the House of Representatives before taking seat, shall take an oath or affirmation to uphold and defend the Constitution and the Laws of the country as well as faithfully discharging the duties and functions of the office as a member of the House of Representatives.”
The lawmakers were formally inducted, following a communication from authorities of the National Election Commission (NEC).
NEC communication to Chief Clerk Mildred Sayon said that the Supreme Court ordered the certification of Reps. Kargon and Womba and shall be retroactive to the date they should have been sworn in the office as member of the House of Representatives, thereby entitling them to receive and enjoy all rights and privileges, inclusive of salaries, emoluments, allowances and other benefits as of the date they should have been seated and assumed said offices, but for the just decided proceedings.
“The NEC is pleased to advise that in strict compliance with the Court’s mandate mentioned above, the certification of Messrs Kargon and Womba shall take retroactive effect on January 4, 2018.
Accordingly, you are further advised to ensure that all rights and privileges, inclusive of salaries, emoluments, allowances and other benefits pertaining to the office of Representative are accorded and paid to Messrs Kargon and Womba effective from January 4,” Cllr. Jerome G. Korkoya said.
It may be recalled that on January 4, 66 Representatives were certificated, because of series of court issues; followed by Representatives Clarence Massaquoi of Lofa County District 3 in January, and Joseph M. Matthews, Jr. of Gbarpolu County District 3, Larry Younquoi of Nimba County District8; Nimba County District 7, Roger S. W. Y. Domah and Joseph Papa Kolleh of Bong County District 7.