As Schedule Date For By-Election Draws Closer, ‘Recycle Politicians’ Must See Reason

Capitol Building, Home of the Liberian lawmakers

Recent request by the National Elections Commission (NEC) asking members of the National legislature to set another date for the holding of the senatorial by-elections for Montserrado and Bong Counties as a result of the election of Ambassador George Weah as President of Liberia who previously served as Senator for Montserrado County and Jewel Howard Taylor who also served as Senator for Bong County and now as vice President of Liberia during the just ended of 2017 general and presidential elections.

This latest request from the Liberia’s electoral commission asking the Liberian Senate to propose a new schedule date for the long awaited senatorial by-elections after months of financial hitches has given a breathing space to those opting to fill the senatorial gap created by both President Weah and Vice President Taylor in the Liberian senate.

The issue of another by-election in the House of Representatives despite of the much-talk-about financial difficulties at the National Elections Commission (NEC) which has delayed the Montserrado and Bong counties’ senatorial by-elections seems to be creeping in again as a result of some current members of the House are craving to contest and abandon their current legislative positions of which they were elected by their people in their respective counties.

The issue of recycle politicians who find pleasure to roam the legislative corridor of Liberia under the canopy of being the only and the best person for the job in the Liberian parliament must be discouraged, and further give way to others who are anxious and ready to contribute their quota to the growth and development of their beloved country, Liberia.

According to information received by this writer, many of those who are contesting for the senatorial by-elections for Bong and Montserrado counties are quietly seated in the House of Representatives representing their districts in their counties; serving in their respective elected positions (Representatives) for twelfth years now, and are again opting to creating another by-elections in the face of inadequate financial support to the NEC by the Government. The creation of an ‘Unexpected’ by-elections must be financially supported by the Liberian Government and its donor partners whenever such gap is created.

Writes: Joel C. Brooks

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.