ULISRA Elects New Speaker

ULISRA Elects New Speaker

Student Mohammed M. Kamara, representing Montserrado County has been elected as Speaker of the University of Liberia Interim Student Legislative Assembly (ISRA), following the November 3, 2021, election held by the Office of Student Affairs on the Fendall Campus of the University.

Representatives from each of the 15 county-based organizations voted to elect officers to the ISRA.
Student Kamara obtained seven of the thirteen valid votes cast while his closest rival, Prince Dennis obtained six votes.

Kamara will take over as speaker from incumbent K. Edward Norman who has since graduated but continued to run the affairs of the body in the absence of elected officers.

Others elected were Blessed Ella Greene (Grand Cape Mount), Deputy Speaker, and Emmanuel Mahn (Bomi), Secretary General.

When inducted into office, the speaker of the ISRA will preside over a called session to primarily carry out vetting, examination, and confirmation of the four political parties’ nominees to be elected as President, Vice President, Student Representative, (SR) to the UL Council, Secretary General and Financial Secretary of the University of Liberia Student Union, (ULSU).

The parties include the Student Unification Party, (SUP), the Student Integration Movement, (SIM), the Student Democratic Alliance, (STULDA) and the Progressive Student Alliance, (PROSA).

The ISRA is the lawmaking arm of the University of Liberia Student Interim Leadership, ULSIL and is headed by a Speaker, Deputy Speaker and Secretary General for two academic years.

ULSIL is the umbrella governing structure comprising ISRA, the Student Judiciary Council (SJC) and the Executive branches. It was founded as an interim student body in 2011 when active student politics were banned following a brutal student protest over claims of fraud in the election process that year.

Prior to the establishment of ULSIL, officers of the University of Liberia Student Union (ULSU) also served as Student Advisory Council to the UL president in the formulation and implementation of major policies including tuition, fees and the management of scholarships.

To contest any position in ULSU election, the county-based organizations must nominate one student each to the ISRA, and one nominee from the departmental discipline-based organizations to the SJC and two nominees from each of the four political parties who shall be vetted and certified.

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