While he remains upbeat that the ruling Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) will be re-elected for another six years’ mandate, the President Pro-Tempore of the Liberian Senate, Albert Tugbe Chie, is uncertain whether said prediction would happen any time soon in the first round the ensuing elections.
In consonance of Article 77(b) of the Liberian Constitution, Liberians of voting ages will troop to all 2,081 polling precincts or 5,000 plus polling centers across the country on October 10, 2023 to vote for a President/Vice President, 15 Senators and 73 Representatives in the much-publicized 2023 Presidential and Legislative Elections.
As it stands, about 19 Presidential persons aspiring for the nation’s highest political seat are readily awaiting the final list of candidates to begin campaign activities, which begin August 5 and ends October 8 (just two days to the main process).
Accordingly, speaking at a news conference at the end of the second session, President Pro-Temp Chie asserted that the CDC-led Government has done extremely well, and as such, it would be re-elected at the October polls come what may.
“The Liberian people will reelect us. We have done 85 percent of the people’s wish. All governments are humans and liable to mistakes, but on the overall, we are doing well. But I can’t tell that if it will be one round,” he stated.
He pointed out that the CDC will defeat any party or any coalition that comes its way, but remain adamant if that would come as a surprised first round victory as usually bragged by the diehards of the CDC, most specifically party Chairman Mulbah K. Morlu.
While acknowledging the many challenges faced by this government, especially in the economy, the head of the Liberian Senate still believes that the government has done exceedingly well to the aspiration of Liberians, stressing that these challenges are not unique to Liberia.
“The economy has some challenges, oh! Yes, but that’s not unique to Liberia. Looking at all the indicators and indexes, we are doing well. Currency around the world, all monies have depreciated against the mighty Dollars,’’ he accentuated.
At the same time, the nominated Commissioners of the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission(LACC) are still facing hitches at the Liberian Senate on account of their counties’ origin in line with Section 6.8 of the new LACC Act.
The Act states that no two commissioners should have the same county of origin, but this case seems the contrary.