The Liberian Senate Technical Team has begun review of the Local Government Bill already passed by the House of Representatives last year. This technical review is taking place in Buchanan, Grand Bassa County.
The Bill seeks to decentralize political power and prioritize citizens’ participation in the political, socio-economic, development and decision making processes in their counties.
It can be recalled that upon submission of the Bill also known as the LGA by President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf in August 2016, members of the House of Representatives reviewed said Bill and passed its version on September 29, 2016.
The House version of the Bill was then forwarded to the Senate for concurrence. Since then the Senate has held numerous consultations with the Governance Commission and the Ministry of Internal Affairs for better understanding of its provisions.
At the moment, a Senate High-Level Technical Committee comprising fourteen senators along with their technical staff are currently in Buchanan holding a week-long review sessions with the Liberian people as part of their consultative process. The sessions started Monday June 19.
Following the Buchanan Technical review session, the Senate High-Level Technical Committee plans to conclude review of the Bill by holding two additional sessions in Ganta City, Nimba County (26- 30 June, 2017) and in Tubmanburg City, Bomi County (3 – 7 July, 2017) respectively.