The Liberian Senate will hold a special session today, Wednesday, for the induction ceremony of Senators elected in the first special senatorial elections since the coming into being of the 1986 Constitution.
The ceremony, which should have been held yesterday in accordance with the Senate Rules, was postponed for today following a motion by Nimba County Senator Thomas Grupee and approved by plenary. The Secretary was requested to inform the Senators-elect about the change of time.
While the current 15 Senators were deliberating in chambers, the newly elected Senators were reclining in the air conditioned Cletus Wotorson Cafeteria awaiting news about their induction.
Some Senators argued that instead of today, the Senators be given sufficient time to prepare and be inducted on Thursday, which is one of the regular session days.
Earlier, the Senate Committee on Rules, Order &
Administration as requested Monday after the Senators-elect presented their certificates to the Secretary of the Senate, informed the plenary that the certificates and credentials were well screened and reviewed, and found to be authentic. The Senate Committee, therefore, requested that the Senators be inducted in keeping with the Senate Rule.
In the absence of a Pro Tempore proper, the Secretary of the Senate, J. Nanborlor F. Singbeh, will perform the induction ceremony which takes place at 11 a.m. in the Chamber of the Senate.
Those to be inducted include: George Manneh Weah, (Montserrado); Jonathan L. Kaipay, (Grand Bassa), J. Milton Teahjay, (Sinoe), Gbleh-bo J. Brown, (Maryland), Jewel Howard C. Taylor (Ranking Senator, Bong) and Prince Yormie Johnson (Ranking Senator, Nimba).
Also taking office today are: Marshall A. Dennis, (Grand Gedeh), Stephen J.H. Zargo, (Lofa), Francis S. Paye, (River Cess), Albert T. Chie, (Grand Kru), Conmany B. Wesseh, (River Gee) and Daniel Flomo Naatehn, Sr., (Gbarpolu).
Senators-elect Varney Nabie G. Sherman (Grand Cape Mount), Morris Saytumah (Bomi) and James Tornollah, (Margibi) County will not be part of the ceremony due to separate injunctions filed against them with the Supreme Court.
Today’s ceremony is not only the first of its kind since the 1986 Constitution came into existence, but also the first time in Africa in recent memory that a former world football icon is elected to one of the highest national leadership posts such as the Senate.
As they did during the official opening ceremonies of the Legislature Monday, Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) die-hards are expected to turn out in their thousands on the grounds of the Capitol Building in solidarity with their political leader, George Manneh Weah, as he becomes Senator proper.