CRC Report: Citizens Want President, Lawmakers’ Tenures Reduced

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Former Chief Justice, now head of the Constitution Review Committee (CRC), Cllr. Gloria Musu Scott, said Liberians have recommended the reduction of the tenures of the president, senators and representatives.

She said the recommendation was contained in a statement presented to the CRC recently during the national consultation meeting.

The presidential tenure, they said, must be reduced to at most four years; senators to six years and representatives to four years.

Regarding the academic and other requirements of presidential and vice presidential contenders, citizens have called for the minimum of a Bachelor's degree qualification.

Cllr. Scott made the disclosure yesterday at the Ministry of Information's regular press briefing on Capitol Hill in Monrovia.

She said the CRC obtained a total of 56,729 suggestions which she described as “commendable” taking into consideration the country’s high illiteracy rate. 

  "Citizens also suggested that local officials, including county superintendents and district commissioners as well as commissioners at the National Elections Commission (NEC) be elected to avoid the headache a sitting president faces in selecting them," Counselor Scott said.

They recommended that an elected superintendent’s tenure be reduced to at least four years, while the NEC Commissioners should serve for a period of seven years.

Cllr. Scott disclosed that the suggestion on the election of NEC Commissioners will help to make them independent in conducting elections in the country.

She further reported that citizens also want the election of paramount chiefs and town chiefs, which will be conducted by traditional protocol and other means.

"With regards to suggestions from the disabled community, they want a special seat allocated for them in the first branch of government.

Cllr. Scott said, “There must be equal representation, that is 50-50 of both genders at all levels of government, elected and appointed and membership into any secret society should be at the age of consent which is 18 years and above."

 “In addition to customary and statutory marriages, there shall be marriage by cohabitation and a man and a woman who have lived together for over two years, and who present themselves to the public as husband and wife, and doing all things appertaining except for a legal document, shall be deemed a married couple under the law,” citizens have requested.

  “All forms of violence against women and girls should be prohibited, with capital punishment as recommended in the case of rape and sodomy, especially in favor of minor victims," she said.

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