Former Defense Brownie J. Samukai Former Defense Brownie J. Samukai

Over Postponement of Special Senatorial Election, Referendum - Samukai Takes GoL to Task Featured

Former Defense Minister Brownie J. Samukai, who is an aspirant in the upcoming Special Senatorial Election, has urged the Government of Liberia (GoL) to be sincere to the Liberian people for not conducting the election and the referendum as stipulated in the Constitution of Liberia, which is the organic law of the country.

Contrary to the issue of COVID-19 cited by the GoL, Samukai claims that the government did not have the funding to conduct the election and the referendum from all indications prior to the emergence of Covid-19, and as such, the government shouldn't attribute the postponement to the global pandemic as an excuse to the Liberian people.

“My argument is that yes, COVID-19 is a global pandemic that impacts our society, but let not the government hold Coronavirus as the primary basis upon which decision cannot be made for the election. While we accept the constraints, be truthful to the Liberian people that we have money problem. Because there is no money to conduct the election, these are the steps we need to take so that we can ease our money problem with the National Elections Commission(NEC," the former Defense Minister asserted.

Speaking Monday, June 1, 2020 on the Truth Breakfast Talk Show, the Lofa County Senatorial aspirant pointed out that the Liberian people are resilient people that will not reject government's appeal as a result of lack of money.
"If the government would have allocated the budget for this election in 2019, the excuse of using COVID-19 wouldn't have us to where we are today, because people are going about doing their normal activities. Let the government come clear to the Liberian people,” he emphasized.

The former Defense Minister during the administration of former President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf said the lack of funding caused the NEC not to put into place all the mechanical work ahead of time. Amongst other things, he advised that the government adopts what he called the practical of critical thinking for advanced preparations.

It can be recalled that prior to the emergence of the Coronavirus disease in the country, the NEC had been faced with inadequate financial support for the special senatorial election. But the government headed by President George Manneh Weah has official written the Liberian Legislature for a possible postponement of the election, citing the COVID-19 as an excuse.

The Liberian Senate, otherwise known as the Upper of the Liberian Legislature, is expected to make a decision on the fate of the election.

 

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