Weah Cautioned Against Interference in Elections at Capitol Building

The pro-democracy group, Legislative Watch Forum (LWF) is calling on President–elect Ambassador George Manneh Weah, not to interfere with the process of electing a new President Pro-Tempore of the Liberian Senate.
The group, in a release, said its attention has been drawn to a recent meeting reportedly held at a local hotel where President-elect- Weah was said to have rallied senators to elect his kinsman Albert Chie of Grand Kru County as President Pro-Tempore.
Legislative Watch Forum reminds Ambassador Weah that executive interferences in legislative affairs have over the years affected the independence of the Legislature, especially in the twelve- year administration of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, as such; the CDC- led government must not repeat those negative practices.
The civil society group said Ambassador Weah who speaks dearly about a people-centered and geographically balanced government must not contradict himself by attempting to influence senators to elect a President Pro-Tempore from Grand Kru, the county of his nativity.
The group is also cautioning members of the ensuing 54th Legislature to strengthen democratic governance in Liberia by demonstrating independence if they must attract and maintain public confidence.
“We call on Senator Weah not to allow any hidden hands to influence his thoughts and decisions into doing things that have the propensity to erode public trust in his government”; the release said.
According to the group, if Senator Albert Chie and Cllr. Fonati Koffa are elected, Liberia would have the President, Speaker and President Pro-Tempore hailing from the same county, something the civil society group described as counterproductive to genuine democratic governance.
Meanwhile, the Legislative Watch Forum is admonishing some members of the Senate who are reportedly drafting a resolution to bar their colleagues with three year left on their tenure from contesting the forthcoming Pro-Tempore election.
LWF described such resolution as pointless and unacceptable on grounds that the Senate has already set precedent twice by electing former Senator Gbehzongar Findley and Armah Jallah, both of whom had three years left on their tenures.