-Pro-Tempore terms elections results
The President Pro-Tempore of the Liberian Senate, Albert T. Chie,has said that the very long nine-year tenure, which leads to constituents’ fatigue, is a major hindrance to re-election bids, and thus stressed the importance of reducing the tenure of elected public officials in any constitutional amendment.
Speaking at the opening of the 4th Session of the 54th Legislature Monday, 11 January, Mr. Chie said the misfortune of his former colleagues at the polls still has a major role to play in both public and private sectors with the many years of experience they have gained in governance at the legislature.
He however thanked the National Elections Commission (NEC) for delivering a free, fair and transparent election, saying that the commission has shown self-respect, self-dignity and patriotism.
According to Mr. Chie, the NEC’s Board of Commissioners has justified the confidence the Liberian Senate reposed in it to have confirmed members of the board.
He noted that election loss of some of their colleagues has left a void on the leadership committee of the senate, saying that the following positions have to be filled through a consensus or elections, and winners selected by a majority of the entire membership of the senate.
He named them as Chair on the Committee on Foreign Affairs; Chair Committee on Defense; Security, Intelligence and Veteran Affairs; Chair, Committee on Education and Chair, Committee on Public Works.
Pro-Tempore Chie also said that the position of Chair on the Committee on Gender and Health is indeterminate at this stage, as there are various challenges and other factors as well to consider.
He noted that besides these positions, there are no other vacancies on the Leadership Committee until January 2024, in line with the Constitution and the Standing Rules of the Senate.
He added that some of the issues on their Legislative Agenda for this session which will definitely be increased through inputs from colleagues include liquidity issues involving both Liberian and US dollar currencies at the banks and in the market, restoration of confidence in the banking sector and measures to strengthen the Liberian economy.
He also mentionedthe review of certain concession agreements by the Executive Branch, as the review period indicated in some of them has since elapsed, adding that for other concessions, profound changes in current circumstances necessitate reviewing them to achieve a win-win situation for investors and the government.
Pro-Tempore Chie intimated that they have on their agenda a review of legislations for the pension of various categories of public servants to ensure they live decent lives after so many years of sacrificial public service, the amendments to several existing penal codes and a review of legal instruments creating some of the public corporations and state enterprises.
He explained that this is intended to understand and harmonize their function, prevent wastage and make them functional and more accountable.
By Ethel A. Tweh –Edited by Winston W. Parley