Cyril Allen predicts doom for lawmakers
By Lewis S Teh
The chairman emeritus of the National Patriotic Party (NPP) and Head of the governing council of the ruling Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) Chief Cyril Allen predicts here that vast majority of incumbent lawmakers in the 54th Legislature would not get reelected due to their alleged failure to represent the interest of their various constituents.
According to him, his prediction is predicated upon bad laws they enacted, but he was not specific.
Speaking to Prime FM in Monrovia, Chief Allen grades performance of current lawmakers 40 percent but was quick to add that this could not be ascribed to the Presidency.
“I can assure you that majority of the legislators will not be reelected by their people because they haven’t been diligent in their duties. They have not had regular visitations to their constituents, all those things will be the reason why many of them will not be reelected”, he says.
He notes that it is saddening that some lawmakers are engaged in
regular visitation now, knowing fully well that election is around the corner, adding that it is due to the October presidential and general elections that lawmakers are adding more money in their budget to convince people in their various constituencies to gain reelection, but maintains that will not help them because the citizens are determined to make some changes on who should return at the Capitol.
He laments that lack of proper representation is a serious problem, and citizens are not happy with the quality of legislators they elected over the years, so the pending elections will give them the power to make some corrections so their counties would be fully represented.
“Lawmakers must ensure that the interests of the people are paramount; they pretend after getting elected and suddenly change their attitude, but our people will correct that this election”, the outspoken NPP former executive says. Editing by Jonathan Browne