Speaker “Worries” over Reelection of Lawmakers

first_imgThe re-election rate of members of the House of Representatives for the past elections (2005 and 2011) records 34% being successful and 64% failing to return. With 12 months to the 2017 Presidential and Legislative Elections, House Speaker J. Emmanuel Nuquay has fears and says he has lost sleep because he suspects many of his colleagues may not be re-elected.Last week Thursday, during an acquaintance meeting with members of the Legislative Reporters Pool (LEGISPOL) in the House’s first floor conference room, the Speaker said among other strategies and objectives that continuity (Re-election of representatives) is a paramount issue.The 48-year-old Speaker said continuity leads to efficiency and effectiveness and it is an overriding capacity builder.He also named reconciliation as a critical factor, and towards achieving that goal, the Speaker formally announced a 4-day Legislative Retreat, in Ganta, Nimba County, from Wednesday, Nov. 2-5.The Speaker noted that the widely publicized 2nd Extraordinary Session has not been finalized with the Executive.He further named image building and coordination as some of the known strategies to rebrand the House of Representatives after over four months internal wrangling to unseat former Speaker J. Alex Tyler.Speaker Nuquay stated that reconciliation among the members of the House of Representatives “is to make amends…bridge the gaps…and let bygones be bygones in order to do to the people’s work.”He said lawmakers should do away with ‘self-interest’ to begin their image building and focus on their primary functions. It has been gathered that the House Press and Public Affairs has been tasked to drive the image building process of the House of Representatives.“Coordination between and among the branches of government is key because it makes us achieve the developmental goal…which is the integral part of our exercises,” Speaker Nuquay said.Sources in the office of the Speaker say he will embark on strategies up to 2017 to ensure he has a good chance of being re-elected, including the post of speaker.The Daily Observer has gathered that among the 73 members of the House of Representatives – only six Representatives are not seeking re-election. They include former Speaker and Bomi County District # 2 Rep. J. Alex Tyler; Grand Gedeh County District # 2 Rep. Morais Waylee; Grand Kru CountyDistrict # 1 Rep. George Wesseh Blamoh; Lofa County District # 5 Rep. Moses Y. Kollie; Maryland County District # 1 Rep. James Biney and Nimba County District # 3 Rep. Samuel Woleh.Since 2005, incumbents seeking re-election to the House and Senate had appalling turnout rates of about 29.4% owing to unfulfilled development promises and several factors that sitting members of the Legislature failed to complete for their people. Other factors include failure to establish district offices and employ adequate staff both in the Legislature and in the Districts and overlooking obligations to attend special events and pay regular visits to their districts.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Gilmore claims another Bike Club victory

first_imgPlacing second and third were a couple of Haugans, as Chris Haugan finished in second with a time of 29:16, and Tate Haugan third, at 35:00.The trend continued for fourth place, where Nicki Haugan finished with a time of 35:03.The race also offered a reverse short course distance, where Sam Keats was the first to finish with a time of 40:04, followed by Adam Currie, at 47:25.- Advertisement -It’s right back to business Thursday evening, as the Club will race in a ‘Toony’ Cyclo Cross, beginning from North Peace Secondary School at 6:30 p.m.last_img read more

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The city wants to make a move on curbside recycling

first_img“At this point, we’re saying ok, we’ve waited through all these milestones and nothing has changed,” Rogers said. “So we’re going to do what we were originally going to do, and that is fire up a program.”Currently, residents can subscribe for curbside recycling through the Eco-Depot or bring it to their centre.If the city goes through with their program, the cost will be added to your taxes and everyone will be included in the service, similar to garbage pick up. Active community members learned about the city’s strategic plan after rejecting a contract from Multi-Material British Columbia (MMBC).The rejection is the result of industry vs. city, in which the industry was responsible for picking up the recycling while the city would still pick up part of the bill, such as the purchasing of blue boxes, a price tag of over $500,000.At the time, this did not seem feasible in the eyes of council.  – Advertisement -Grounds Manager and Director of Development for Fort St. John, Ken Rogers says after MMBC launched their provincial program, the city wanted to reconsider the proposal.“In hindsight, we should have just kept going and done what we were going to do,” Rogers explained.Although MMBC decided not to come into the city, instead sent out a Request for Proposal, which met a quick end after they rejected every bid that came forward.Advertisementlast_img read more

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