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73 Reps, 15 Senators’ Fate Hangs In Limbo …As October Polls Fast Approach

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By: E. Geedahgar Garsuah, Sr.

MONROVIA: As the much-awaited Presidential and Legislative elections scheduled for October this year fast approach, the political fate of at least 73 members of the House of Representatives (Lower House) and 15 members of the Senate (Upper House) of Liberia’s bicameral Legislature, would be decided by their respective constituencies at the polls by either being re-elected or dumped along the wayside.

Nevertheless, Dr. Bhofal Chambers, Speaker of the 54th Legislature has expressed strong optimism that the present set of legislators will come out of the October 2023 polls triumphantly, which, according to him, will pave their way back into the Legislature.

“It is my impassioned and/or fervent hope and prayer that we all will meet again in session in the year 2024. May such realization come out of the grace and blessings of the Divine Arbiter of human destiny,” Speaker Chambers noted.

He calls for national unity amongst his fellow lawmakers as the country prepares for the October Polls.
Speaker Chambers made the passionate plead during the ceremony marking the official commencement of the Sixth and Final Sitting of the 54th Legislature on Capitol Hill in Monrovia on Monday, January 16, 2023.

The Maryland County Lawmaker charged his colleagues both from the Lower and Upper Houses to put on the garment of unity during the execution of their constitutional duties.

The opening of the Sixth Sitting of the 54th Legislature is in line with Article 32(a) of the 1986 Constitution of Liberia, which states that “the Legislature shall assemble in Regular Session once a year, on the Second Working Monday in January”.

Addressing the opening of the final setting of the 54th Legislature at the Capitol Building in Monrovia, Speaker Chambers cautioned his colleagues to put on the attitude of responsibility, renewed energy, vision, and the readiness to accomplish their constitutional responsibilities in the best interest of their constituencies.

“2022 has ended, and it should be our collective prayer that all the adversities, challenges, distractions, and political thinking and attitudes end with it and that this 2023 should kindle a spirit of oneness, patriotism, and harmony as we sail through this electioneering period,” he asserted.

The commencement of the final sitting of the 54th Legislature comes at the heels of the October 10, 2023 Presidential and Legislative as all 73 members of the House of Representatives and 15 Senators will be vying for re-election.

Reminiscing on the activities during the Fifth Sitting, Speaker Chambers characterized the performance of the legislature as “auspicious or remarkable year; a year of wonders or miracles.”

According to the House Speaker, regardless of some challenges facing the Government of Liberia relative to the socio-political and the economic state of the country, the Legislature, with a practical governance architecture has been able to discharge its duties effectively with the coordination of other branches of Government.

He urged his fellow lawmakers to diligently apply what he termed as their “natural and inalienable rights by establishing a framework of Government for the purpose of promoting unity, liberty, peace, stability, equality, justice and human rights under the rule of law, with opportunities for the political, social, moral, spiritual and cultural advancement of our society, for ourselves and for posterity.”

During the period of the Fifth Sitting, the Lower House held 65 Regular Sessions, 36 Executive Sessions, and 24 Appearances of public officials including Ministers and Directors, among others.

The number of bill passed during the Fifth Sitting stands at 74, and out of this number; the Senate Bill Concurred with five; the number of House bills passed was 12; and House’s Joint Resolutions passed were three, the Speaker disclosed.

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