By Morrison O.G Sayon
The Government of Liberia through the Ministry of Information, Culture & Tourism has reiterated that the Special Senatorial Election will be held this year. Addressing the regular daily press briefing of the Ministry of Information, the head of the Ministry, Lewis G. Brown said in spite of the presence of the Ebola virus in the country the 2014 Special Senatorial Election will definitely be held.
Minister Brown disclosed that the date for the conduct of the Special Senatorial Election will be announced today by the Liberian Government. Minister Brown added that Liberians have paid too high a price for the obtainment of democracy and cannot at this time compromise the democratic process.
Speaking on several issues, the Chief Government Spokesman pointed out that Liberians cannot lose their right to live in a democratic society. “Life is a value of citizenship; we do not intend to compromise our democratic process,” Brown said.
Minister Brown stressed that all the preventive health measures will be adhered to during the electoral process. “All the health measures will be put in place but I can assure you that we will have election this year, “the Information boss averred.
He said though the election will be in this year, government will not at the same time compromise public health as everything will be done in fighting the Ebola virus amidst the conduct of the Special Senatorial Election.
Brown called on Liberians as well as residents of the country to continue the preventive health measures reminding the citizens to take personal responsibility. He called on communities to mobilize to carry on awareness and sensitization campaign as a means of eradicating the infectious disease.
“No one will declare us Ebola-free as long as our neighbors still have high rate of Ebola cases in their various countries,” Minister Brown said. He said government is doing everything possible to begin its reconstruction process and development of its infrastructures throughout the country.
At the same time, Minister Brown has disclosed that government is not going to close beaches but will ensure that all preventive health measures are put into place at the various beaches. He added that beaches that will not follow the preventive measures will be closed as a measure intended to stop further spread of the deadly virus.
Meanwhile, the Government of Liberia has strongly reacted to recent comments by opposition politician, Cllr. Charles Walker Brumskine that the spread of the Ebola virus in Liberia is a result of the colossal failure of the government to contain the disease.
Information Minister, Lewis Brown, strongly took exception to the Counselor’s assertion saying that his statement is intended to create doubt in the minds of the people who have been victimized as a result of the killer disease.
Brown recounted the many achievements of government in the health sector and added that it was astonishing for respected people to make comments of such when government is doing everything possible to contain the virus.
“Our country is in crisis; we do not need political actors, people who play games or seek something for themselves; this is the time for us to rally the citizens and continue the fight against Ebola,” Brown said.
Meanwhile, the Third Regular Session of the 53rd Legislature of the Republic of Liberia has been extended for an additional one (1) month beginning on Wednesday, November 12, 2014 and ending on Friday, December 12, 2014.
The one-month extension of the legislative session was effected through a Proclamation by the President of Liberia, H. E. Mrs. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf issued on Tuesday, November 11, 2014.
According to a Foreign Ministry Release, the Presidential Proclamation was issued upon receipt today by the President of a certificate signed by more than one-fourth (the Constitutional minimum) of the total membership of each House of the National Legislature in line with Article 32 (b) of the Liberian Constitution.
Article 32 (b) of the Liberian Constitution requires that “when the extension or call is at the request of the Legislature (as is the case in this situation), the Proclamation shall be issued not later than forty-eight hours after receipt of the certificate by the President.