LIBERIA: Senate Rejects US$73m Districts Allocation

The Liberian Senate has rejected proposals from the House of Representatives for the allocation of US$1 million to each of the 73 electoral districts for development purposes.

During its sitting, the Senators argued that it is in violation of the Constitution of Liberia to distribute funds per electoral districts, rather than administrative districts.

In an oral report last Thursday that the Ways, Means and Finance Committee submitted to the Plenary that all governmental districts by law get an apportionment of US$1.2 million.

Senator Jewel Howard-Taylor of Bong County, who delivered the report, said that the committee’s decision comes in the wake of continual cries by disenfranchised administrative regions.

Senator Taylor indicated that in some areas, particularly in rural and south-eastern Liberia, constituents are not even aware of the County Development Fund (CDF) and their role in the distribution of such funds, something she describes as “regrettable”.

As a result of the situation, the Plenary of the Liberian Senate has proposed the presentation of plans, reports and audit reports from each county before the disbursement of additional funds.

It can be recalled that in February of this year, the House of Representatives passed an Act on the provision of a total of US$73 million for the 73 electoral districts and forwarded said Ac to the Liberian Senate for concurrence.

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