The Chairperson of the Constitutional Review Committee (CRC), Cllr. Gloria Musu Scott, last Saturday disclosed that the Gbarnga, Constitutional Review Conference will be considering 56,729 views.
These are the views which Liberians expressed during the consultations which the CRC held in the 73 electoral districts across the country and those from the diaspora.
Addressing journalists at her committee’s old road office at the weekend, Cllr. Scott said some of the views included the reduction of the presidential term of office from six to four years, reduction of the senatorial term of office from nine to six years, and reduction of the term of office of the representatives from six to four years.
According to her, constitutional reform is a strategic part of Liberia’s post-conflict agenda that places emphasis on inclusive government and the rule of law.
“We have the mandate,” she asserted, “to review Liberia’s current Constitution through public participation and to develop proposals from inputs (views, suggestions and recommendations) generated from public interaction and discourses as the basis for constitution amendments.”
During the consultations, her Committee engaged the National Legislature on the process and has over time continued the engagement with that body by regular updates on the process, said Cllr. Scott.
CRC embarked on the public awareness campaign through community outreach, distribution of copies of the 1986 Constitution, deployment of suggestion boxes, and radio programs. The CRC also established a website, she informed the media.
While the awareness was being conducted, the CRC also held consultative meetings with political parties, civil society groups, chiefs and other traditional leaders throughout the country.
The Committee also held consultations with women’s groups, persons with disabilities, youth groups and government agencies on issues that have constitutional implications.
The Gbarnga meeting is scheduled to last over several days.