Rep. Browne Wants House Cite Education, Information Ministers
By Hilary Vasco Wiagbe
MONROVIA, Jan. 23(LINA) - Grand Bassa County Representative, Jeh Byron Browne, has written the Plenary of the House of Representatives to cite the Ministers of Education and Information for allegedly failing to educate the Liberian people on the Constitution of Liberia.
In the communication, Representative Browne termed as “Constitutional violation” the failure of the two ministries to educate and disseminate information on the country’s organic law, according to the Liberia News Agency.
Browne argued that Article 10 of the 1986 Constitution of Liberia calls for the teaching and publication of the Constitution throughout the Republic.
The Representative said he wants the two ministries cited because it is their constitutional obligation to educate the people and publish the Constitution to ensure that Liberians are knowledgeable about content of the document.
In the same communication, Representative Brown also requested Plenary to cite authorities of the National Elections Commission (NEC) for failing to conduct Paramount, Clan and Chiefdom Elections in the country.
He pointed out that since the NEC was constituted following the war years, it has shown interest in conducting only Presidential and Legislative Elections, saying this is a complete violation of Article 36(b) of the Constitution of Liberia.
Following Legislative arguments, the lawmakers unanimously voted for the communication to be turned over to the Committees on Education, Broadcasting, Judiciary and Elections to study it and report to Plenary in two weeks.
In another development, the Constitutional Review Commission (CRC) has written the House of Representatives seeking an audience to inform the Lower House on the outcome of the just-ended public input exercise in the Data Collection process.
The Representatives also turned the communication over to the leadership of the House for review and possible advice to the body.