|We Oppose Unconstitutional Solution To Set Threshold|
|Published on July 20, 2010||Email To Friend Print Version
DELAYS AND POLITICAL maneuverings are now a standard among members of the 52nd National Legislature when it comes to the issue of the Population Threshold Bill.
THE BILL REMAINS the most stranded in both Houses of the National Legislature since it was submitted by the National Elections Commission (NEC) for passage into law about two years ago.
THE FAILURE OF both Houses to pass the bill has made the work of the NEC very sour, as there is no legal ground to carry out the demarcation of electoral districts in the country in the absence of the threshold.
IN ADDITION TO past wrangling, the Liberian Senate submitted a resolution to the House of Representatives to set aside the 2008 Census Result and maintain the current 64 seats and add additional seats to counties with large population.
SOME LAWMAKERS TOTALLY opposed the Senate resolution and described it as 'sub-judicial', saying the resolution has the propensity to undermine the constitution of Liberia.
The House therefore voted to table all discussions on the resolution to suspend the Constitution.
THE RESOLUTION TO disregard the 2008 Census report clearly shows that the lawmakers are fairly exhausted with the threshold bill and want to find a way out through unconstitutional means.
WE WANT TO remind the Senate that doing any thing unconstitutional will plunge the country into future constitutional crisis and political chaos.
THEREFORE, WE ADVISE our lawmaker to desist from any unconstitutional means as a way forward, because it will not be in the interest of our blossoming democracy and post war development.