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Constitutional Conference opens in Gbarnga

James Akoi/Joseph T. Koon

( 30, 2015)- A National Conference on Liberia’s post conflict Constitutional reform is taking place in Gbarnga, Bong County,  Central Liberia.

The forum is aimed at reviewing key recommendations feasible for Constitutional amendments in the country.

The Constitutional Review Committee Chairperson, Cllr. Glorious Scott, said: “Delegates of the conference have been drawn from the 15(fifteen) Political Sub- Divisions of the country.”

The Gbarnga forum is expected to address the propositions on the tenure of the President and members of the National Legislature, respectively.

Currently, the tenure of the President and members of the House of Representatives is six years, while the tenure for members of the Senate is nine years.

The 1986 Liberian Constitution was drafted by a 25-man National Constitution Commission, headed by former Interim President, Dr. Amos Sawyer,.

Prior to its endorsement, the current Liberian Constitution was revised by the Edward Binyah Kesselly Constitutional Advisory.

During the Administration of Liberia’s 20th President, Samuel Kanyon Doe, the 1847 Constitution was suspended following a military takeover in 1980.
The forum is the first since the 1980 Constitution came into being.

If all goes well, the outcome of the Gbarnga forum will serve as the basis to address some sticky issues of constitutionality for effective democratic governance in the country. James


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