The Press and Public Affairs Department of the Senate has described as unfair and misjudgment the performance of Montserrado County Senator Geraldine Doe-Sherif by the Institute for Research and Democratic Development (IREDD), during the First Session of the 54th Legislature.
The Senate Public Affairs also noted as “inaccurate” statistics on Bills enacted during the Session in the review.
IREDD, in its report released October 30, recorded Senator Doe-Sherif as the least performing, thereby grading her in the ‘F’ category.
But the Senate’s information bureau took an exception to the report, and said that IREDD failed to acknowledge the fact that Senator Sherif, as a lone Senator in Montserrado County at the time, was absent in most of the Legislative sittings due to her protracted illness.
“Prior to her illness, Sherif, as chair of the Senate Committee on Executive, was unarguably one of the proactive lawmakers, and a notable floor fighter; one wonders why IREDD would choose to ignore the glaring reality that her illness greatly hampered her participation in Legislative activities,” the Department’s release, signed by its director, Jarlawah A. Tonpo, said.
“It is shocking and unimaginable,” the release continued, “for IREDD to rank Montserrado as the least performing county at the level of the Senate, owing to the fact that there was a vacancy created when one of its senators, George Weah, was elected President of Liberia in 2017.”
The vacancy and illness of Senator Sherif, the release noted, is a glaring reality that the county was not represented in most of the Legislative sittings.
With respect to the number of bills and other legislation, the release clarified that there were 13 Senate originated bills passed and sent to the House of Representatives for concurrence, while the Senate concurred with 11 bills that originated from the House of Representatives, amounting to 24 bills, with one vetoed by the President; contrary to IREDD’s report that 22 bills were passed by the Senate and 20 are pending to be concurred by the House.
Tonpo welcomed IREDD’s collaboration with the Legislature in grading its performance, “but such should be done with a sense of responsibility, accuracy, and professionalism void of politics. ”
It can be recalled that Senate Pro tempore Albert T. Chie, at a closing ceremony for the Legislative annual break, paid special tribute and urged his colleagues to pray for the speedy recovery of Senators Sherif and Edward Dagoseh of Grand Cape Mount County, both of whom have been seeking prolonged medical treatment in India.