By: Mohamed Faray Kargbo
February 16, 2016-The CRC has published an abridged version of its First Draft Report containing proposals for an amendment of the Constitution of Sierra Leone Act No 6 of 1991.
Key issues proposed include the following:
Four New Chapters have been developed-
1. Local Government and Decentralization
2. Lands, Natural Resources and the Environment
4. Information, Communication and the Media
5.The Office of Attorney General separated from the Minister of Justice
6. Local Council Elections to be conducted every 5 year instead of four
7. Local Council Elections to be non-political
8. Presidential, Parliamentary and Local Council Elections to be held on a fixed calendar date
9. The President is not exempted from personal taxation
10. The President should no longer be a Member of Parliament
11. A House of Paramount Chiefs to be created. No second Chamber or Senate
12. CRC is seeking further information on whether or not the death penalty should be abolished
13. The retirement age of Judges/Justices of the Superior Court of Judicature shifted from 65 to 70 years
14. The African Negro requirement to be a citizen of Sierra Leone should be eliminated
15. Stateless children under 5 years found in Sierra Leone should be granted citizenship status
16. The Chief Justice to be appointed by the Judicial and Legal Service Commission
17. The two land tenure systems in the country should be harmonized
18. The President and Vice President should not be removed from office if they lose their political party membership after assumption of office
19. The President and Vice President should only be removed from office in accordance with the procedures set out in Sec 50 and 51 of the 1991 Constitution
20. Members of Parliament should only be qualified for pension and gratuity after serving two consecutive terms as MPs.
21. Education, health and right to shelter are now justiciable
22. The term of office of the President should remain as it is in the 1991 Constitution-Maximum of two terms of 5 years each whether the terms are consecutive or not
These and many others constitute the recommendations that the CRC has endorsed but these are subject to validation by the people. The Committee therefore invites inputs and responses from the public on the aforementioned propositions.
Please visit the CRC Website www.Constitutionalreview.gov.sl for the abridged draft report
Alternatively, please send mail to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org requesting a copy of the report
After the validation exercise, CRC will compile the Final Report which will be submitted to the Government.
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