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Citizens Want Input In Concessions

By Jefferson D. Tweh

The Chairperson of the Constitution Review Committee (CRC), Cllr. Gloria M. Scott has informed political parties in the country that citizens of Liberia want to be part of concession negotiations.

Briefing Registered Political Parties on the outcome of National Constitution Conference which was held in Gbarnga, Bong County, March 29 to April 2, 2015, Cllr. Scott said the Liberian people have made lots of recommendations to the CRC some of which are calling for the election of county Superintendents, District Commissioners, and Chiefs.

According to Cllr. Scott, members of Constitution Review Committee had interaction with many people in the fields, and it was also recommended that people with disabilities should be given constitutional protection while women should have equal rights on socio economic activities.

Cllr. Scott also said the citizens also expressed concern about the reduction of the tenure of the President, Vice President, Senators, and Representatives.

“Let me tell you that the people said they want access to justice, land rights, reduction in the number of political parties to 2 or 4,” Cllr. stated.

She said the citizens also want the Vice President preside over the Liberian Senate but disapproved the dual citizenship proposal.

However, the Secretary General of National Patriotic Party (NPP), Mr. Andrew Peter, has expressed great disappointment in the Constitution Review Committee (CRC) that during the National Constitution Conference held in Gbarnga, Bong County; political parties were not treated well and respected.

He said political parties were not prepared to work with CRC until the issue would have been resolved.

He said political parties should be respected, because respectability must be observed in every situation.

According to him, if the issue is resolved, they will really work with CRC and political parties will be available, if the CRC calls them.



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