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House approves national census for 2021

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The House of Representatives adopts Joint Resolution 003/2020, authorizing the Executive branch of government to conduct National Census on March 8, 2021.

Article 39 of the Constitution of Liberia empowers the National Legislature to take census every 10 years. The last national census was conducted in 2008. The pending one should have been conducted in 2018, but was not held due to unforeseen circumstances.Upon the passage of the joint resolution, the National Legislature mandates the Executive to proceed with all necessary arrangements to carry on the census in 2021.

Maryland County Senator J. Gble-bo Brown, in a motion said the resolution should be received by plenary, but noted it shouldn’t be sent to the committee on autonomous agencies which is led by Senator J. Milton Teahjay of Sinoe County.

Senator Brown explained there are so many communications and documents before Sen. Teahjay, but he has allegedly failed to bring out findings to the senate, terming the committee on autonomous agencies as dormant.

Against this backdrop, Senate President Pro-Tempore Albert Chie has constituted an ad-hoc committee to take seize of the resolution and report to plenary.The committee is headed by Bong County Senator Henrique Togba. Members of the committee are Senators Victor Waton of Grand Cape Mount County, Stephen Zargo of Lofa County and George Tengbeh of Lofa County, respectively.By Ethel A. Tweh

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