No Plan to Conduct Another National Referendum -Executive Mansion Dispels Rumor

No Plan to Conduct Another National Referendum -Executive Mansion Dispels Rumor

MONROVIA, LIBERIA -Contrary to rumor in some quarters of the Liberian society that the Government of Liberia (GoL) is planning to conduct another National Referendum shortly, the Executive Mansion has dispelled said rumor, describing it as false and misleading.

Addressing Executive Mansion reporters on Tuesday, April 6, 2021, Presidential Press Secretary Solo Kelgbeh made it clear that the GoL does not have the intention to conduct a referendum, especially with the same propositions that did not pass on December 8, 2020. “The current focus of the Government is to ensure all processes are completed to conduct a nationwide census. It would require an official Gazette from the National Elections Commission (NEC), and a resolution from the National Legislature to conduct the referendum,” Mr. Kelgbeh stated.

Meanwhile, the presidential press secretary reaffirmed his boss, President George Weah’s respect for the will of the people as expressed in the Special Senatorial Elections, By-Elections and National Referendum. At the same time, Mr. Kelgbeh disclosed that President Weah will begin his 3rd led of his county tour soon. The 3rd leg of the President tour will take him to Margibi, River Cess and Sinoe Counties. It can be recalled that in February of this year, President Weah began his overdue county Tour and visited Bong, Nimba, Grand Gedeh, Maryland, River Gee, and Grand Kru Counties as phase one of the tour. Also in March, the Liberian Leader completed phase two of his county tour which took him to Bomi, Gbarpolu and Grand Cape Mount Counties.

When quizzed why Lofa County is not included in phase three of the President’s visit, Mr. Kelgbeh further disclosed that Lofa County would form part of the last phase of the President’s tour because, according to him, President Weah is intending to spend longer time in Lofa County than the rest of the counties he visited. Press Secretary Kelgbeh mentioned that the President is expected to make big news in Lofa County so he has decided to complete his final county tour there. “ Lofa will be covered after the next leg. Like the President said, every county is important that is why he is reaching out to towns and villages to thank the people for electing him as President.

The President doesn’t discriminate. When he gets to Lofa, you will see that he might do bigger things there than the places he had visited. He might even stay longer time in Lofa because you know Lofa is a big county. He intends to visit every main area there,” the presidential press secretary told Executive Mansion reporters on Tuesday during the regular presidential update. The visitof the President is centred on showing appreciation to the people on his election, making acquaintances, dedications and ground breaking of projects, listening to the concerns  of his people, among others. The exercise is also intended to strengthen the President’s existing relationship with the citizenry across the various counties. Like phase one and phase two of the tour, the President is expected to hold town hall meetings, dedicate projects, break ground for additional projects as well as thank Liberians for the resounding victory they gave him back in 2017.

 

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