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Liberian Senate Assures ADB Delegation of Free, Fair Elections In October

Senate Pro-temp, Albert Chie has assured a visiting African Development Bank (ADB) Delegation that the Liberian Senate will ensure Free, Fair and Violence free elections through its oversight responsibility.

Liberians are poised to go to the ballot box on October 10, 2023 to elect a new President and Representatives including 15 Senators that will steers the affairs of the country for next six and nine years respectively.

But Pro-temp Chie also assured the delegation of transparency and good Governance especially so that the Country moves towards its critical period of Presidential and Legislative elections in October, this Year.

He told the delegation that this is evidenced by the passage of several Anti-graft Acts including the Anti-Corruption Act which now grants prosecutorial power and the passage of the Financial Intelligent Unit which was elevated to a full Agency amongst others.

According to a Senate release, Pro-temp Chie made the statement on Tuesday, when the African Development Bank delegation held a meeting with the Leadership of the Senate at the Capitol Building.

Speaking earlier, the head of the ADB Delegation, Ahmed Zayed, told the Senate that the delegation was in Country to assure the Government that the African Development Bank will continue its efforts in Road construction and the improvement in the Energy Sector.

The visiting delegation however told the Senate that although the African Development Bank has the intention to do more, its financial strength cannot satisfy the entire forty-six Countries in Africa especially when the needs of the Countries are so many.

The delegation then encouraged domestic resource mobilization as well as reform so as to help augment the strength of the national budget, noting, there cannot be a viable foreign direct investment in any Country if there is no National Direct Investment.

Also speaking, the ADB’s Country Manager, Benedict Sorie Kanu, expressed dissatisfaction over the delay by the Government to ratify the Energy Food Crisis Agreement. He said despite several reminder letters to Finance Minister, Samuel Tweah, nothing has been done to ratify the Agreement even though a grant of 5.12 Million is ready.

Meanwhile, Maryland and Grand Kru County Senators, Gbleh-bo Brown and Numene Bartekwa are commending the African Development Bank for the level of transformation brought in the South-eastern region, most especially road connectivity by the African Development Bank.

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