The House of Representatives is considering concurrence with the Senate to pass three (3) constitutional propositions in accordance with Article 91 of the 1986 Constitution on Today (Monday, September 30).
The Senate unanimously voted to approve the reduction of terms for the President, Vice President and members of the House of Representatives and the Senate; the dual citizenship clause; and the date of elections and forwarded the communication to the House of Representatives since September 24, which are still in the House’s committee room.
During a rare Saturday session, which was the 21st Day Special Sitting, the Acting Judiciary Chairman, Rep. Kanie Wesso of Gbarpolu County District #2, told the Daily Observer in an exclusive interview that the Committee is ‘concluding’ its recommendation to the House’s Plenary for concurrence, which is expected to be approved on Monday, September 30.
The three (3) approved Senate propositions include The Dual Citizenship Clause (Article 28) — as Proposition 1; Reduction of Tenure of the President, Vice President, and members of the Legislature (Articles 46, 47, 48, 49 & 50) — Proposition 2; and the Date of Election (Article 83 (a) & (c) — as Proposition 3.
According to the Senate’s version; any person, at least one of whose parents was a citizen of Liberia at the time of the person’s birth, shall be a natural born citizen of Liberia; a natural born citizen’s right to citizenship of Liberia is inherent and inalienable; no law shall be enacted or regulation promulgated which deprives a natural born of the Republic of his/her citizenship right; and any law or regulation which alienates or deprives a natural born of the Republic of his/her citizen right is null and void ab initio.
“A natural born citizen of Liberia may hold the citizenship of another country but shall not qualify for elected positions and the following appointed positions: Chief Justice and Associate Justices of the Supreme Court of Liberia; Cabinet Ministers, Deputy Ministers; all heads of Autonomous Commissions, Agencies and Non-Academic/Research/Scientific Institutions and Ambassadors,” the Senate’s version said.
Also, the Senate has unanimously voted for the Reduction of Tenures of the President, Vice President and members of the Legislature.
The President, Vice President and members of the House of Representatives shall be elected for a term of five (5) years, and all Senators shall be elected for the term of seven (7) years, the Senate recommends.
The Speaker and the President Pro Tempore of the Senate shall also be elected once every five years.
As for the change of the date of elections, voting for the President, Vice President, Members of the Senate and Members of the House of Representatives shall be conducted throughout the Republic on the Second Tuesday in November of each election year.
And also, the Senate has agreed that Elections Commission shall, within fifteen days of receipt of a complaint, conduct an impartial investigation and render a decision which may involve a dismissal of the complaint or a nullification of the election of a candidate. Any political party or independent candidate affected by such decision shall not later than seven days appeal against it to the Supreme Court.