The Chairperson of the Constitutional Review Committee (CRC), Cllr. Gloria Musu Scott, has disclosed that participants of the CRC initiative are calling for board members of National Elections Commission (NEC) to be elected.
Speaking Monday, May 26, at a one-day meeting with business communities, the CRC chairperson said, people in the diaspora and other parts of Liberia have stressed the need for the commission to exist only during election and later dissolve.
According to Cllr. Gloria Scott, participants from the various counties suggested that this will allow the commission to be more independent in conducting free, fair and transparent election without any interfering of the president and the national legislature.
Cllr. Gloria Scott explained that, quizzing the members of the National Elections Commission on Friday, May 23, some members from NEC agreed with the participants’ suggestions on the report as the way forward to conducting free, fair and transparent election in Liberia.
The chairperson of CRC, however, disclosed that participants also highlighted other important issues of national concern including special seat for disable at the National Legislature, people charged with corruption should be denied public offices, former heads of state should be well taken care of and the issue of tenure of the President should be reduced from six to four years; senators from nine to six years and the representatives to 4 years.
“This will make the senators and representatives to be very serious in responding to voters need when elected and if wanting to be re-elected in their county or district.”
The Cllr. Gloria M. Scott said the participants also called on the committee to address the issue of child’s rights as many parents and other guardians had been jailed for disciplining their children at home.