Liberian Senate Endorsed December Election

By P. Oxford Brown

MONROVIA—Conference Committees of the Liberian Senate and House of Representatives have resolved that the National Elections Commission (NEC) conduct the Special Senatorial Election on December 16th, 2014. The decision was reached Tuesday this week by the National Legislature on Capitol Hill, Monrovia.

Members of the Senate that signed the committee’s report were Armah Jallah, Clarice Jah and Peter Coleman, while G. Wesseh Blamoh, Stephen Kafi, James Biney, Jefferson Kanmoh, Sekou Kannah, Clarence Massaquoi and Lester Paye signed for the House of Representatives.

It can be recalled that the House on November 11 endorsed a proposal by the NEC for the Special Senatorial Election to be conducted on December 16th and forwarded the decision to the Liberian Senate for concurrence.

The Senate rejected the NEC proposal on grounds it was not feasible to hold elections in the face of the existing Ebola crisis as previously proposed by the Commission, the Liberia News Agency reported.

The Legislative Joint conference committee met Monday this week at the Capitol Building to harmonize the differences in their positions, leading to the meeting Tuesday that endorsed the December 16th date.

The Constitutional date for election is the second Tuesday in October of each election year, but this year’s poll was postponed due to the Ebola epidemic.

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