House Notes Supreme Court’s Request On Roll-Call Scuffle
By Wilfred Gortor, LINA
MONROVIA, June 14 (LINA) - The Plenary of the House of Representative has received and noted a communication from the Supreme Court calling on the body to resolve an issue surrounding roll-call growing out of a Petition for a Writ of Prohibition filed by Representative Edwin Snowe against House Speaker Alex Tyler.
It can be recalled that Snowe on June 13 petitioned the Supreme Court for a writ of prohibition against Speaker Tyler for his decision to sustain a motion which obligates the body to skip the regular roll-call for a period of one month running from June 2 to July 2.
Snowe, in a conference held with Associate Justice-in-Chamber, Jamesetta Wolokollie, complained that the issue of the motion passed on June 2 was referred to the Plenary of the House for discussion, and that they have not met to discuss the issue which he termed as being "high on the agenda."
The Court's communication, which was read and noted in Plenary on Tuesday, informed Speaker Tyler of the court's decision to lift a stay order of June 10 which was earlier issued by the court on the hosting of regular session by the body.
Tyler, who is currently involved in an ongoing investigation as a result of accusations of bribery as was contained in a report released recently by Global Witness, has come under huge criticism from Snowe and a number of other lawmakers who have joined to urge the Speaker to recuse himself from presiding over the body until he is exonerated through proper adjudication.
Since the emergence of the Global Witness report and the subsequent calls for recusal by Snowe and others, Speaker Tyler has maintained his gavel as head of the National Legislature.
Speaker Tyler on Tuesday arrived at the Capitol followed by an entourage of lawmakers who were seen trooping in and out of the Speaker's office in a rather hasty mood.
It is not yet known what prompted the rush as all of those who emerged from the Speaker's office failed to speak to journalists.
Unlike Thursday, June 9, where the House's regular sitting was adjoined due to the lack of electricity, the session on Tuesday was once again adjoined by Tyler's gavel, after lasting a little over 25 minutes.