A few years ago, some former and present Members of the Liberian Senate, including Bong County Senator Jewel Howard-Taylor, Montserrado County Senator Geraldine Doe-Sheriff, as well as Gloria Musu Scott of Maryland and Clara Alpha Jah of Margibi, produced and submitted a draft bill intended to allot – without any struggle, thirty-percent women representation in the House of Representatives.
Recently, President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf issued Executive Order No. 65, banning all demonstrations, matches, as well as mass gatherings, among others in Monrovia and its environs. The Presidential Order was issued against the backdrop of threats of the spread of the deadly Ebola virus disease. The action by the President, however, did not and is yet to go un-noticed, as evidenced by the numerous condemnations and criticisms from every sector of the Liberian society, including the political camp of her son and Independent Candidate Robert Alvin Sirleaf of Montserrado County and Cllr, Charles Walker Brumskine of the Liberty Party.
National and international publicity characterizing what may appear to be a gradual decline in the spread of the deadly Ebola virus disease in Liberia may not have just done justice to the fight against the epidemic, but encouraged complacency among some Liberians.
Two ‘interventions’ in the ongoing leadership squabble among Members of the House of Representatives may currently be considered a setback for Liberia’s democracy in the minds of many well-meaning citizens, including politically schooled and legal minds.
When the National Traditional Council of Liberia – a grouping of Liberian elders, chiefs and zoes headed by Zanzan Karwor, chose to intervene in the ongoing unfortunate conflict among members of the House of Representatives on Capitol Hill, many had thought it was actually an achievable venture.
Another Joint Resolution finally endorsing the readjusted timetable for the 2014 Special Senatorial elections was on Tuesday, November 17, 2014 passed by the Liberian Legislature on Capitol Hill, Monrovia. Unless otherwise, the decision gives approval to the conduct of the elections on Tuesday, December 16 throughout the country by the National Elections Commission or NEC after it had submitted the new timetable to the Legislature for endorsement.
The political row with Liberia’s House of Representatives may still be far from over despite various interventions, including the latest by the National Traditional Council of Liberia.
As opposed to the whims and caprices of some incumbent members of the Liberian Senate, the 2014 Special Senatorial Election will go ahead as rescheduled by the National Elections Commission (NEC). The House of Representatives earlier last week endorsed the readjusted timetable for the conduct of the Elections, with the agreement that the campaign would have commenced on Sunday, November 16, 2014 and the election conducted on December 16, 2014, but the Senate, under the influence of some of its members led by Senators John Ballot of Maryland and Jewel Howard-Taylor of Bong, turned down the possibilities of the December 16 election.
National and international health authorities are confirming a gradual decline in the spread of the deadly Ebola disease in Liberia. Such decline is measured by the reduction of the number of cases and deaths at the various treatment units or ETUs and affected communities across Liberia. The death toll in Liberia is still slowly rising toward 3000, out of about 5000 in the West African Sub-region, according Liberian Health Ministry authorities and the World Health Organization or WHO.
The Government of Liberia, through the Liberia Telecommunications Authority or LTA, in pursuit of debts, last weekend continued the closure of media houses in Monrovia.