The New Dawn (Monrovia)

7 February 2014

Liberia: CRC Takes Consultation to Buchanan

The youth of Liberia and the Constitution Review Committee are gearing up for discussions in Buchanan, Grand Bassa County as part of the CRC's effort to ensure maximum participation of every sector of the society in the review process of the 1986 Constitution of Liberia.

The CRC strategy calls for a bottom to top approach in ensuring national ownership of the process, soliciting the loyalty of all Liberians to an amended constitution when the process is over.

The Chairperson of the Constitution Review Committee, former Chief Justice Cllr. Gloria Maya Musu-Scott, says loyalty to the constitution is very crucial, noting that when achieved, it would not be so easy for the people of Liberia to set aside their constitution as they did during the civil crisis no matter what the circumstances are.

She says in order to ensure this bond of loyalty, it becomes necessary that the process be opened to all Liberians irrespective of class, educational, social, economic, and religious backgrounds. The inclusiveness of the process and the participatory nature of the CRC's engagements will build confidence and give assurance that proposals translated into amendments will be endorsed and voted for in a national referendum.

The CRC has met with Liberian women, civil society, political parties, traditional leaders, communities, intellectual centers, churches, the National Islamic Council of Liberia, including visitation to the Newport Street Mosque and other stakeholders.

From these engagements, the CRC Chair says the Committee has benefitted immensely from the thoughts of Liberians and is encouraged that this time around, Liberians are anxious to be a part of this life-changing process.

Cllr. Scott, also a former senator, says the meeting with the youth of Liberia is under the aegis of the CRC Subcommittee on Civil Society headed by Soko V. Sackor, a member of the Review Committee.

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