Pro-Democracy Group Criticizes Legislative Bill

The Consortium of Right Groups in Liberia says its attention has been drawn to the recent bill submitted by Maryland County representative James Barney seeking to restrict members of the Executive Branch of government from contesting any elected position with in the Republic of Liberia.

The Civil Society Movements in Liberia who described the bill as being evil, devilish said it is counterproductive to the emerging democracy and Article 20 (a) of the Liberian Constitution which states clearly that ” no person should be deprived of life, liberty, security, property, privilege or any other right except as the outcome of hearing judgment consistent with the provision lay down in the constitution, and in accordance with due process of law.

According tot Mr. Amose kanneh, the bill also contravened Articles 30 and 52 of the Liberian Constitution which clearly outlined the basic requirements for any Liberian to become president or legislator.

“We strongly believe that this bill or the crafter has no good intention, for the fact that only members of the executive branch of government have been targeted, thereby leaving out members of the legislature, the president and vice president respectively,” the groups noted.

Mr. Kanneh said Rep. Barney’s latest action or move to introduce a bill which is divisive and unconstitutional runs contrary to the reason for which he was elected and urged the law makers to focus civil servants salary increment; re-ratification of concession agreements; improved education and health sectors; the passage of the decent work bill and the long awaited code of conduct bill etc.

The Consortium is therefore calling on members of the legislature and well meaning peace loving Liberians to vehemently oppose the passage of such anti-democratic, selfish and unconstitutional bill which is only intended to deny potential Liberians from participating in our electoral process.