Legislature Set Agenda for ‘Popular’ Referendum

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The House's concurrence with the Senate indicates that, with the approval of the President, and printing into handbills, there will be a referendum after one year the day the handbills was signed.

In a unanimous vote on Tuesday, October 1, 2019, members of the House of Representatives concurred with the Senate to set agenda for the much talked about 2020 referendum on the Dual Citizenship Clause; the tenure of the President, etc.

Members of the House of Representatives concurred withe the senate during the 24th day sitting after series of deferments since the Senate transmitted the approved three propositions on September 24 under the signature of the Senate Secretary, J. Nanborlor F. Singbeh.

The House’s concurrence with the Senate indicates that, with the approval of the President, and printing into handbills, there will be a referendum after one year the day the handbills was signed.

The 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 and 50) — Proposition 2 and the Date of Elections (Article 83 (a) and (c) –Proposition 3.

Dual Citizenship with Bottleneck

Both Houses unanimously voted to amend the Dual Citizenship Clause in Article 28 of the 1986 Constitution, but with limitations to say: 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 abinitio.

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.

Reduction of Tenure

Members of the 54th Legislature has also amended Articles 46, 47, 48, 49 and 50 of the Constitution to reduce the tenures of the President and Vice President to the term of five years, and can only seek reelection for a second-term.

The term of the House of Representatives is reduced to five years, but can unceasingly seek reelections. The term of the Senate is also reduced to seven years, but can also unceasingly seek reelection.

The Speaker and the President Pro Tempore can be elected once every five years.

Change of Election Date

For the third Proposition, both Houses have voted to amend Article 83 (c) of the Constitution, that the Date of Election shall be changed from the second Tuesday in October to the second Tuesday in November of each election year.

Also, the Legislature has changed the number of days of complaint, from 30 to 15 days, for the  Election Commission to receive complaints, 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.

But the amendment did not change the seven days of appeal that any political party or independent candidate might be affected by decision from the Election Commission to the Supreme Court.

6 COMMENTS

  1. EJS and her co-conspirators destroyed 250,000 innocent lives as “Collateral Damage” only because they wanted to remove ONE MAN (SKD) from power.

    Just compare that case against what would happen if THOUSANDS of native-born Liberians who now have a second citizenship decide to return home (to Liberia) to fight for their God-given birth rights.

    Fellow native Liberians, STOP playing with fire.

    Give back to the people their birth rights. Scrap that divisive 1970 clause in the constitution and let’s move forward..!!

    *** Once a Liberian, should and shall Always be a Liberian ***

    The Liberian Presidency along with other government positions DOES NOT belong to any one particular set of Liberian people. These positions belong to ALL Liberians.

  2. Ha, ha ha you make me funny…WARNINGSHOT.. That is the reason some of these laws are being changed..

    Come back with your fire you will see what the Liberian people will do to you..

    The last thing a man or woman wants to do is run away from his or her natural Responsibilities….That is to sweat and develop his or her own country .

    People suffered under their country and built it.. Now the little opportunity you have to come in it you naturalized forgetting about yours..

    Stay where you are, Liberians will build their country. Liberia does not need people who have turned their backs on it.

  3. @P_Fahn_Dormeyan

    Nobody will ever deny my right to run for political office in Liberia if if choose to, because I am a native Liberian who was born unto the union of two native(non-Americo) Liberian — country people. And inf anybody tries to deny those rights — I will fight back with everything at my disposal.

    You are sooooooo narrow-minded to the extend that you focused only on the nickname I’m using instead of the content of my writing.

    Here is NEWS FLASH !!!

    1)
    George Manneh Weah is a French citizen.

    That is why France was the first country he visited when he became president ( go back and review the pictures he took while on that trip. Do you not see him wearing a French flag (lapel) on his jacket?

    2)
    George Manneh Weah is an American citizen
    And, majority of the members of the Liberian Legislature today are also citizens of other countries.
    ###

    If Oppong is a citizen of at least three countries and he is allowed to be president of Liberia, nobody will ever stop me from running for political office in Liberia — if I choose to run.

    NB:
    I’m not surprised at you laughing at my comment because people in Monrovia were laughing in early 1990 when news of advancing rebels were being reported on a weekly basis. Eventually, Emmanuel Bower warned that the rebels were not coming for SKD alone and people laughed at his comments too.

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