…. CDC, UP Collaborate For Posts
By Necus M. Andrews
The long discussion between the Unity Party and Coalition for Democratic Change has now been reached. The two parties have decided to share the Speaker and Deputy Speaker positions at the House of Representatives.
This latest agreement has now reduced the interests for the Speaker of the 54th Legislature. The two parties have the highest numbers of representatives in the House and stand the chances of occupying the two top positions.
Rep. Bhofal Chambers of the CDC goes as Speaker and Rep. Prince Moye of the UP goes as Deputy Speaker which will ensure what they call ‘balance of power.’
This means that Rep. Chambers will now face Rep. Hans M. Barchue, an independent candidate from Grand Bassa County in the race for Speaker.
A communiqué from the two parties Tuesday, said 42 elected officials (new and old) from the Unity Party and the Coalition for Democratic Change have already committed themselves to producing the next leaders at the House of Representatives.
Article 49 of the Liberian Constitution states that “The House of Representatives shall elect once every six years a Speaker who shall be the presiding officer of that body, a Deputy Speaker, and such other officers as shall ensure the proper functioning of the House.”
Reading the Communication, Rep. Acarous Gray said the lawmakers agreed that the next Speaker will be produced by the CDC which has become the ruling party and the Unity Party who have become the new opposition party will produce the Deputy Speaker.
Rep. Gray said the agreement will hold because the two parties have the highest numbers of elected lawmakers at the House.
If this agreement holds until Monday’s election, it means that Representatives Chambers and Moye will contest as pair with the support of their representatives from CDC and UP.