By A. Omaska Jallah
Deputy House Speaker Hans Barchue has declared his intention to contest the Speaker position.
Members of the 54th House of Representatives are expected to elect new Speaker and Deputy Speaker on January 15, 2018.
Addressing a news conference last Friday, Rep. Barchue said with the support of his colleagues, he is confident of becoming the next Speaker of the House of Representatives.
The outgoing Deputy Speaker said his administration will target several improvements that will restore the sanctity, values, respect and dignity of the Legislature.
The Grand Bassa County District #1 Representative who won the seat twice as an independent candidate maintained that the Legislature under his watch, especially the House of Representatives, will be subjected to audit, adding that it will add additional values, respects and dignity to them as lawmakers.
Rep. Barchue said it is important for the legislature to be audited to ensure that it accounts for public resources it receives.
Currently, there are several names who want to become a speaker of the 54th Legislature as of this January including both old and new lawmakers.
Others include Maryland County District #2 Rep. Bhofal Chambers, Congress for Democratic Change (CDC); Bong County District #2 Rep. Prince Moye, Unity Party (UP); Nimba County District #9 Rep. Johnson Gwaikolo, Coalition for Liberia Progress and Grand Kru District #2 Rep. Jonathan Fonati-Kofa, Liberty Party.