Senate Appoints Special Committee to Resolve Election Impasse

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Senate Pro-Tempore, Armah Z. Jallah

The Senate has appointed a special committee headed by Pro Temp Armah Zolu Jallah to help find an amicable resolution to the current political impasse resulting from the October 10 presidential and legislative elections.

The Senate’s decision followed a one-day retreat last Tuesday at the Farmington Hotel in Harbel, Margibi County.

The mandate of the seven-member committee, among many things, is to hold consultations with all relevant political and other national leaders as well as regional and international partners with the aim of resolving disputes arising from the October elections, “and to assure the people of Liberia and the world at large that our country remains at peace and will strictly follow the constitutional course in the transfer of power.”

The Senate’s statement further encouraged the National Elections Commission (NEC) to expeditiously adjudicate all matters brought before it within the constitutional timelines, “mindful that the Liberian people represented by the Senate shall not support nor encourage any actions by any group or institution designed to undermine the Constitution, thereby creating conditions for unconstitutional governmental structures as experienced during the 14 years of war.”

Members of the committee are Senators J. Gbleh-Bo Brown, Maryland; Nyonblee Karnga-Lawrence, Grand Bassa; Peter Coleman, Grand Kru; Conmany B. Wesseh, River Gee; Oscar Cooper, Margibi; and Marshall Dennis, Grand Gedeh County.

Notable among the high turnout at the retreat were Senators George Weah, Geraldine Doe-Sherif, Jewel Howard-Taylor, Prince Y. Johnson, G. Alphonso Gaye, and Thomas Grupee.

Others included Senators H. Dan Morais, Albert T. Chie, Daniel F. Naatehn, George T. Tengbeh, and Francis Paye.

6 COMMENTS

  1. Keep the legislative chapeeya (cutlass) in peace on all of them until they decide. Either re-run or run-off, when the constitution time comes again to vote and abstain. The pallet incumbent and her pallet NEC be ready. If UP admit wrong or stealing to court, they should step aside and give way to CDC and LP to make it to the end. Liberia needs only one President. Tell the Liberian people. Do not reply this box.
    Gone to 57% for cassava leaf gravy and rice.

  2. Don’t worry, No branch can dictate to any one or any other branch again in this country. Liberian has been reinstituted. No more war here again. Every branch got their own digger now. Tell the Liberian people.
    Do not reply this box. Gone to silence for some fufu and pepper soup. Okra and crab fish inside.

  3. How can the Senate undertake such task? When a majority of them endorsed the VP? That is impractical….Did you really think this through?

  4. No need for this, everything is going constitutionally despite the delay; the line of succession is also spelt out in the constitution if there’s any further delay and Sirleaf has to leave comes January.

  5. Strange things are happening in Liberia since the past irregular and fraud elections.
    The Senate and its Pro Tempore are not aware of the Supreme Court’s involvement
    in the hearing and come here with their amicable resolution? The Senate must
    understand that, that kind of resolving issues in Liberia; let bygone be bygone,
    amicable resolution have not help the country at all, but buring such attitude for
    future explosion. Let the Senate and Pro Tempore Amarh Zulu Jallah shut up and
    let the Supreme Court handle the entire investigations.

  6. The venue that occasioned the formation of this committee was illegal and therefore its findings cannot be binding on any person or institution- politicians or political parties. Article 40 of the Liberian Constitution provides that “…the two houses shall sit in the same city” at all times. The meeting of the senate in Margibi County therefore, was unconstitutional, which makes any derivative therefrom illegal and nonbinding. This is just a layman’s view by the way, subject to correction by any constitutionalist out there. But this issue speaks to even a larger concern, having to do with how abreast our legislators may be with the constitution relative to these circumstances.

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