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The Senate is the upper chamber of the bicameral Liberian Legislature. Legislative elections took place on 11 October 2005, and the elected members took office in January 2006. In the Senate, each of the 15 counties are equally represented by two members.

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Candidate eligibility

Citizens of Liberia who have attained the age of 30 years are eligible to contest Senate elections and become members of the Legislature.

Electoral system

The simple majority (or First Past the Post) voting system is used in electing members to both chambers of the Liberian Legislature. In Senate elections, the two candidates who obtain the highest number of votes in their respective county are elected.

The 15 candidates who finished first (known as 'Senior Senators') will serve a nine-year term, while the remaining 15 candidates who finished second (known as 'Junior Senators') will serve a six-year term.

2005 election results

More info: Liberia elections, 2005
e • d  Summary of the 11 October 2005 Liberian House of Representatives and Senate election results
Parties and coalitions House votes % in House House seats Senate votes % in Senate Senate seats
Congress for Democratic Change 23.44% 15 10% 3
Liberty Party 14.06% 9 10% 3
Coalition for the Transformation of Liberia 12.5% 8 23.34% 7
Unity Party 12.5% 8 10% 3
Alliance for Peace and Democracy 7.81% 5 10% 3
National Patriotic Party 6.25% 4 13.34% 4
New Deal Movement 4.69% 3 0% -
All Liberia Coalition Party 3.13% 2 3.34% 1
National Democratic Party of Liberia 1.56% 1 6.67% 2
National Reformation Party 1.56% 1 3.34% 1
United Democratic Alliance 1.56% 1 0% -
Independents 10.94% 7 10% 3
Total   64   30

Current members

County Senior Senator Junior Senator
Bomi Lahai Gbabye Lansanah (NDPL) Richard Blamah Devine (COTOL)
Bong Jewel Cianeh Howard-Taylor (NPP) Franklin Obed Siakor (Ind.)
Gbarpolu Samuel Sumo Tormetie (NRP) Daniel Flomo Naatehn, Sr. (UP)
Grand Bassa Gbehzohngar Milton Findley (Ind.) Nathaniel K. Innis, Sr. (LP)
Grand Cape Mount Abel Momolu Massalay (NPP) James Kormah Momo (NPP)
Grand Gedeh Isaac Wehyee Nyenabo (NDPL) William Cheyety Sandy (COTOL)
Grand Kru Cletus Segbe Wotorson (COTOL) Blamoh Nelson (APD)
Lofa Sumo G. Kupee (COTOL) Fomba K. Kanneh (ALCOP)
Margibi Clarice Alpha Jah (LP) Roland Cooper Kaine (CDC)
Maryland John Akel Ballot, Jr. (UP) Gloria Maya Musu Scott (UP)
Montserrado Joyce Musu Freeman (CDC) Hannah G. Brent (CDC)
Nimba Prince Yormie Johnson (Ind.) Saye-Taayor Adolphus Dolo (COTOL)
River Cess Jay Jonathan Banney (UP) George Dee Moore (LP)
River Gee Frederick Doe Cherue (COTOL) Isaac Nyenekartoe Johnson (COTOL)
Sinoe Mobutu Vlah Nyenpan (APD) Joseph Nyenetue Nagbe (APD)

Leadership

While the Vice-President is the President of the Senate, the President Pro Tempore leads the day-to-day business of the Senate. On 13 January 2006, 29 out of 30 Senators met to elect the President Pro Tempore. The result is as follows:

President Pro Tempore of the Senate
Results Political Affiliation Number of Votes
Isaac Nyenabo National Democratic Party of Liberia 15
Cletus Wotorson Coalition for the Transformation of Liberia 14
Total 29

See also

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