Senate Hold Retreat on Elections Dispute

MONROVIA, Montserrado  – In the wake of the ongoing election dispute, several senators on Tuesday recently held a one-day special retreat at the Farmington Hotel in Margibi to deliberate and find a peaceful resolution to the matter.

According to a press statement, members of the Senate have been closely following the situation and held the retreat with the aim of strengthening the country’s democracy and its relevant institutions to consolidate peace.

Members of the Senate hailed the legal approach taken by all aggrieved parties and admonished them not to do anything that could disrupt the peace, security, and stability of the country. They also encouraged the National Elections Commission to expeditiously adjudicate all matters brought before it within the constitutional timeline.

The senators, being aware of the country’s decade-long civil crisis, indicated that they will not support or encourage any actions by any group or institution designed to undermine the constitution and create the conditions for an unconstitutional government.

Members of the Senate resolved to consult with all relevant political and other national leaders as well as with regional and international partners’ aim of resolving disputes arising out of these October 10 elections,

The senators also assured Liberians and the world over that the country remains at peace and will strictly follow the constitutional course in the transfer of power.

In order to make sure that the transfer of power from one government to another is on course, Armah Zolu Jallah, president pro-tempore of the Senate, was selected to head a committee.

Other members are J. Gbleh-bo Brown, Peter Coleman, Nyonblee Karnga-Lawrence, Conmany B. Wesseh, Oscar Cooper and Marshall Dennis.

Both Sen. George Weah, standard bearer of the Coalition for Democratic Change, and his running mate, Sen. Jewel Howard Taylor, were present at the retreat.

Featured photo courtesy of David Stanley

Zeze Ballah

Zeze made his journalism debut as a high school reporter at the LAMCO Area School System. In 2016 and 2017, the Press Union of Liberia awarded Zeze with the Photojournalist of the Year award. Zeze was also the union's 2017 Health Reporter of the Year. He is a Health Journalism Fellow with Internews.

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