By Ethel A Tweh
The Liberian Senate has resumed its final segment of the 6th session.
During the opening of the session here Tuesday, 17 October Senate President Pro-Tempore, Albert T. Chie, welcomed his colleagues and thanked them for their participation in the October 2023 elections though the process is ongoing.
“Let me join our fellow citizens and members of the international community, who have been stressing the necessity for advocating for a transparent, fair and
violent-free election process, including the outcome at the end of each stage; especially the exercise of verbal tolerance during the entire process”, Pro-Temp Chie notes.
He thanks the National Elections Commission and expresses confidence in the Commission for handling the electoral process very well despite logistical deployment and terrain challenges.
“We are here over the next few months to essentially close the activities of the 54th Legislature and to prepare for the opening of the 55th. Distinguished colleagues, please permit me to propose to Plenary the following as my draft agenda for this segment, review of some of the issues which will arise from the ongoing election process; Receipt and Discussion of the draft 2024 National Budget, monitoring the implementation of the Drugs Law which was approved by the Legislature earlier this year; Review of programs for the rehabilitation of drugs-affected persons.” He outlines.
Chie notes that this segment will also discuss the Revised Public Health Law, Ratification of few incentive agreements; Preparation for the convening of the first session of the 55th Legislature, Public Hearings and Committee Meetings aimed at exercising oversight over the Executive and Legislative Branches, and completion of reports for work in Committee Rooms.
Meanwhile, The Grand Kru County Senator thanks his colleagues for their hard work throughout the years and welcomes them from their constituency break in an electoral year that may not see nearly half of them returning at the Capitol.