MONROVIA – The Liberian Senate adjourned its special session with the passage of important legislative instruments of national interest.
Pro-Tempore Liberian Senate President Albert T. Chie highlighted instruments passed during the month-long special session, citing Liberia’s new electoral law, which he says comes from the House of Representatives and a commitment to political parties’ 30 percent gender quota.
Pro-Tempore Chie also noted that the Senate also amended Section 5.2 of the Code of Conduct, which allows officials who wish to contest an upcoming election to resign a year before that election, as opposed to the previous two and three years in the election past law.
He also noted that, based on an appeal from the President, the international community and some citizens, the Senate had retrospectively adjusted the March 2023 date for conducting the national housing and population census to now begin and end on October 24 on November 7, 2022.
Pro-Tempore Chie revealed in his closing statement that as part of the reasons for the president’s dismissal of the legislature in accordance with his statutory authority, the Senate voted overwhelmingly after review by two-thirds of its members to confirm Justice Sie-A-Nyene to replace the current Chief Justice Francis S. Kporkor Sr., who is scheduled to retire under Article 72(b) of the Liberian Constitution.
To bolster the economy, Pro-Temp Chie mentioned that the Senate has reached three financing deals with the House of Representatives to build critical infrastructure, boost economic growth and improve macroeconomic stability, as well as an amendment to the tax code to encourage investment.
Regarding electricity, he added that the Senate had held a public hearing with the relevant authorities and the Senate expects that a new national engagement platform will improve services, especially if Liberians took charge with the end of the management contract , adding, “We look forward to an increase in power generation from the operation of the CLSG line of Côte d’Ivoire, for which legislators have allocated multi-million dollars in the Adjusted State Budget 2022.
Speaking of security, Pro-Tempore Chie said senators were always concerned about the national security issue, which came into focus during the special session, assuring that the Senate, through the Defense and Security Committee, will continue to work with the national security architecture, and intelligence.
It may be recalled that, based on his constitutional prerogative, President George M. Weah, through a proclamation issued on August 9, 2022, recalled the Legislature from its second quarterly break to urgently address some national issues.