Nimba County Senator Thomas Grupee
Senators Unhappy With Senatorial Election Shift
By Winnie Dixon (Intern)
MONROVIA, August 15 (LINA) - Three members of the Liberian Senate have expressed grave concern about the request by the National Elections Commission (NEC) to postpone the October Mid-term Senatorial Election.
Senators Thomas Grupee of Nimba County, George Tengbeh of Lofa County and Cletus Wotorson of Grand Kru County have said they are not happy with the postponement of the poll, according to the Liberia News Agency.
Speaking in the plenary of the Senate Thursday, Grupee pointed out that such action was unprecedented in the history of the country.
He added that it would be unfortunate because the body would be setting a negative precedent for violations of the Liberian Constitution by future legislative or executive bodies.
Senator Grupee also said the Senate should approach the matter with care and caution to the extent of inviting experts and relevant figures to give directions on issues concerning the process.
For his part, Tengbeh observed that the letter sent by NEC was incomplete and failed to address several critical questions, including possible dates for civic and voters education, campaign and other pre-electoral activities.
In his observation, Wotorson requested NEC Chairman Jerome Korkoya to discuss the mechanics and form said elections will take.
He wondered about the financial implications since funds have already been allocated towards an October poll.
He also reminded the Senate that without the 15 Senators whose seats would be contested, the Senate would lack the required quorum for making decisions.