LIBERIA: Rep. Chambers Opposes Election Fees Increase

Maryland County Representative, Dr. Bhofal Chambers, has called on the House of Representatives not to endorse any request calling for increment in registration fees for Senatorial and Representative Aspirants in future elections.

In a letter to House Speaker J. Alex Tyler dated March 26, 2014, and read in session Thursday, Chambers said the request was necessary because he understands that the Liberian Senate has already passed a Legislation proposing the registration fees of US$3,000 for Representative aspirants and US$5,000 for Senatorial aspirants.
The Liberia News Agency (LINA) quotes Dr. Chambers as saying the proposal would constitute 600 percent and more than 66 percent increment for Representative and Senatorial aspirants respectively.

Prior to the proposed increment in the registration fees, Representative aspirants paid US$300.00 while Senatorial aspirants paid US$750.00.

The Maryland County Representative stressed that the public should be given the freedom to select candidates based on their character, integrity and contribution to society.

He emphasized that the passage of such a bill by the Senate would infringe on the democratic franchise of individuals wishing to serve their people and country.

Lawmaker Chambers reminded his colleagues that as Representatives of the people, it is incumbent upon them to make laws that will give the people the opportunity for greater participation in the decision-making process of the country, as well as legislations that will improve their livelihood, and not the other way around.

In another development, a Representative of Nimba County has written the House of Representatives to invite the Minister of Justice for failing to turn over the body of one Moses Wiah, a resident of District #8 in the county, to his family members.

Rep. Larry Younquoi said since the body of Mr. Wiah was found near the train track of Arcelor Mittal in August, 2013 and deposited at a funeral home in Gompa City, Nimba County by a joint team of the Liberia National Police and the company, the body is yet to be turned over to family members of the deceased.

According to Representative Younquoi, despite his intervention on several occasions and the performance of an autopsy which was requested by Arcelor Mittal, neither the Justice Ministry nor the iron ore company has shown interest in disposing of the corpse.

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