Retreat, Extraordinary Session at Hand on Capitol Hill

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The Senate leadership in collaboration with the 15-man Special Committee temporarily responsible for managing the House of Representatives during the constitutional annual break, has planned to hold a three-day legislative retreat.

Sources told the Daily Observer that the retreat will either be held in Buchanan, Grand Bassa County, or Ganta, Nimba County, from October 28 to 30.

The purpose of the retreat is to reconcile members of the House of Representatives, discuss prospects, including the strategy for re-election, among others.

This will be the second retreat to be held by the House of Representatives since its inaugural retreat held in Gbarnga, Bong County, in 2012. During that retreat, Montserrado County District #11 Rep. Moses Tandanpolie met his untimely death.

House Procurement Director Eugene Collins has suggested that a topic on “Conflict Transformation” – the prevention and management of conflict – should be included in the discussions, arguing that disunity is hurting the Legislature.

He stated that “Conflict Transformation” can tackle approaching conflicts. Meanwhile, the Daily Observer has also gathered that there will be an extension of the second extraordinary session of (the 5th session) of the 53rd Legislature.

Reports said the extraordinary session would run for ‘two weeks,’ from Tuesday, Nov. 1 to 17.

The extraordinary session is intended to allow members of both the House of Representatives and the Senate to pass landmark bills, including the Land Rights Act, the Local Governance Act, the Affirmative Action Bill for Equal Participation and Representation of Women in
Politics, the Youth and Persons living with Disabilities Act, among others.

When contacted, the newly appointed Press Attaché to the Speaker, Mr. Philip G. Moore, admitted that there is a plan for a legislative retreat, but said the details are yet to be discussed by the leadership.

He could neither confirm nor deny that there will be an extraordinary session.

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