Speaker of the House of Representatives, Alex Tyler
House Honors Court Order, Returns To Status Quo
By Wilfred Gortor, LINA
MONROVIA, June 23 (LINA) - The House of Representatives Thursday began its regular session with roll call in adherence to the Supreme Court’s order for the body to return to status quo.
The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Alex Tyler, had resolved not to call roll in sessions for one month, prompting Montserrado County Representative Edwn Snowe to file a Writ of Prohibition at the Supreme Court, which ordered the Speaker to return to the status quo.
During the roll call on Thursday, it was observed that 42 out of 73 lawmakers were present, while the rest were absent.
However, like recently, the session was prematurely adjourned by Speaker Tyler as a result of power failure which rendered the House's chamber unfavorable for the body to continue session.
The issue of power failure at the Capitol Building, the seat of the National Legislature, seems to be an everyday occurrence, as it can be recalled that both Houses of the legislature have on countless occasions called off regular sittings due to power outage.
Power supply to the Capitol by the Liberia Electricity Corporation (LEC) has proven to be inefficient and irregular as evidenced by the constant and weekly adjournments of sessions by both houses.
Sources, however, informed the Liberia News Agency (LINA) that the legislature itself has failed to get its standby diesel generator functional.
In addition to the regular power failure, LINA has also observed that the Capitol lacks basic services that are cardinal to the enhancement of the daily operations of legislators.
Both chambers of the Legislature lack internet connectivity, while the chamber of the Senate lack a public address system to enhance electronic sound amplification during sessions.
Sources told LINA that the Legislature is unable to print and distribute its agenda for sessions on time due to the lack of stationery supplies.