24 March 2014

Liberia: CDC Says Lawmakers Attempts to Hike Election Fees Evil

Monrovia — The Secretary General of the opposition Congress for Democratic change Mr. Nathaniel McGill has described as evil thinking attempts by members of the Liberian senate to hike fees charge for candidates wanting to contest elected positions.

Mr. McGill comments are in response to attempts by the Liberian Senate to raise fees charge for candidates wanting to contest for the senate to ten thousand United States dollar (US$ 10,000.00) and twenty-five thousand united states dollars (US$ 25,000.00) for candidates wanting to contest for the presidency

McGill, who is contemplating on contesting in the Gbapolu County as a senatorial candidate in the coming special election scheduled for October 2014 said, the election is not about individuals with the biggest pocket but credible individuals with the desire to ably represent his or her people.

McGill said: "Some of these senators were elected by seven hundred and fifty United States dollars. At the time they registered they paid seven hundred and fifty United States dollars now they want to increase it to ten thousand it is laughable and evil for any senator to be thinking about doing that means he or she does not love the citizens of this country."

Though McGill criticized the attempts by the Senators to do that, but said, whether or not it is done, it will not hinder his bid to contest for the senatorial seat of Gbapolu County, because according to him the Citizens of the County are tired with the representation of the incumbent.

"Liberians will be very angry if that law is to be passed and they will react and their reaction will be not to elect any of those senators who supported that law giving the current economic situation of our country. I think it is evil thinking for any member of the senate to think about doing that. I think the senators are reasonable to believe that though their jobs are on the line they cannot increase fees to an unnecessary amount," he added.

Women 30% cosmetic

Speaking on the issue of 30% women participation in Liberia's election process by women in the law that is being reviewed by the Liberian Senate, he said, the CDC support women's participation in politics and is currently working with the constitution review committee to ensure that women play an important role in Liberia politics.

"I think the 30% needs to be looked at legally and see what is workable, what I see that has been proposed which I am not opposed to does not have any meaning, it does not serve the purpose so it becomes meaningless to pass a law that doesn't meant anything. We have so many laws on the book that are not being applied so my thinking is that we seek a constitutional amendment that will give women greater law and participation in the electoral process, but the 30% for the way it is written it really means nothing has been achieved," McGill added.

He called on women pushing for the 30% participation in Liberia's election process to be clear about what they want, noting that: "The issue is not about Gender but is about the women's participation and that they should take and fight in trying to play a part in the politics. Men already have advantages, so if we have to give women some extra advantage we have to find a way so that women can be protected, but the law in my view will not serve the purpose I think the law is more cosmetic than holistic."

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