The Constitution Review Committee, as part of its continued activities to have a people’s driven process, has been engaging stakeholders and deploying suggestion boxes around Monrovia over the past weeks and will be extending these engagements to other counties during the coming weeks.
The CRC Subcommittee’s Chairman for Civil Society Organizations Honorable Soko V. Sackor has begun engagements with Civil Society Organizations as the CRC prepares for nationwide civic education and consultations.
The Chairman of the Subcommittee met with the Association of Evangelicals of Liberia (AEL) on August 16, 2013 at the CRC Office to have shared views on the process and what they think about constitutional provisions. Honorable Soko V. Sarkor told the AEL that the CRC considers civil society organizations as key stakeholders in the review of the 1986 constitution and believes early engagements with them would enhance public participation and consensus building. He said the church community is key in the process and that is why the CRC has invited them so that at the appropriate time we can all consider the process as our own.
The Subcommittee Chairman further informed the church community that consultations would be held in the counties so that every citizen would have a say in the process and take charge of it. Responding, the EAL thanked the CRC for inviting them and also emphasized the need for nationwide consultations and for the constitution to be taught in all schools. The EAL discussed several constitutional provisions with the subcommittee and promised to collaborate to make the process a success, The CRC Subcommittee will be meeting with the National Muslim Council on Monday August 19, 2013.
Meanwhile, the CRC has expressed its appreciation to the House of Representatives for additional US$200,000.00 on its current annual budget of US$500, 00.00 making it a total of US$700,000 of GOL support out of a total budgetary requirement of US$9,000,000.00 to make the review process a success. The CRC also expressed gratitude to the UNDP for providing US$400,000.00 as budget support to the process and to the UN Peace Building Fund for its support of US$2,000,000.00. This brings the amount to US$3,100,000.00 or 34.5% with a spending gap of US$5,900,000.00 or 65.5%.
The Constitution Review Committee is grateful for UNMIL’s continued technical and professional assistance. It is the hope of the Committee that the funding gap be narrowed as the review process is critical to the nation’s democratic and reconciliation processes