If a proposed bill to be shortly submitted to the Liberian Senate is passed into law, presidential nominees will have 90 days to act in office, and if they stay beyond this timeframe the law would take its course.
The bill is crafted by Sinoe County Senator J. Milton Teahjay. It seeks to restrict Presidential nominees to acting in 90 days. Senator Teahjay argued that under Article 54 (d) of the Constitution of Liberia, superintendents, county officials, and other officials of political sub-divisions are nominated by the president and, with the consent of the senate, are appointed and commissioned by the President of Liberia.
He says immediately upon the passage of the bill into law, no official, whose position falls under the Article 54, should act in a statutory position for more than 90 days without the consent of the Liberian Senate.
He emphasized that violation of the bill shall be deemed to have committed a felony through impersonation, punishable by a court of competent jurisdiction.
The Senator stressed that any public resources including car, gas, and furniture, among others, expended by an acting official beyond 90days without confirmation by the senate, should be considered theft and such resources so illegally expended and utilized should be refunded to the state.
The bill, which is expected to be proffered before the full membership of the senate this week, highlighted that any person guilty of violation shall be fined US$5,000 or its equivalence in Liberian Dollars and sent to jail for not less 12 months, and not more than 24 months or both, depending on the magnitude of such theft.
By E. J. Nathaniel Daygbor-Editing by Jonathan Browne