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CRC Not For Change Of Presidential Terms - Official
By Emmanuel Mondaye, LINA Gbarpolu County Correspondent
BOPOLU CITY, May 23 (LINA) – An official of the Constitution Review Commission (CRC), Dr. Jasper S. Ndaborlor, has clarified that the Commission was set up by government to review the constitutional provision relative to the Presidential terms.
“Those harboring such belief are living in a world of delusion because President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf would not benefit but rather the incoming President if such provision is changed,” Dr. Ndaborlor said.
Addressing over 150 participants who attended the CRC workshop held at the Bopolu City Hall in Gbarpolu County recently, Rev.Ndaborlor said the CRC was in the county to introduce the process of constitution review that began in 2012.
He said the CRC has been operating at a very slow pace because it has been faced with a lot of challenges, but those challenges have not stifled the process.
He indicated that the Constitution Review Process is something that everybody should be involved with because it sets the pace for development, unity and reconciliation.
Dr. Ndaborlor also informed the citizens that if they want the country to be on the right footing, the review of the Constitution must be taken seriously.
He told Liberians that there may be issues in the Constitution that they believe need to be looked at and recommend the necessary changes, indicating that the CRC is not revising the Constitution but rather reviewing it.
According to him, the Constitution is a legal instrument of Liberia, noting that it remains the organic law of Liberia whether it contains mistakes or not, until the necessary amendments are made.
He commended the leadership and citizens of Gbarpolu County for the level of development they have attained as one of Liberia’s newest counties in the country, as compared to some of the older counties.
He made specific reference to Ghana, which has moved from ‘Political Constitution’ to ‘Developmental Constitution’, noting that in time to come Liberia could also do the same.
He encouraged the people of Gbarpolu to appreciate themselves and their country, adding that it is the only way they will be able to write the Constitution.
“Write the Constitution as a person who belongs to Liberia and if this is not done it will be difficult to write a good law that will defend you today and in the future,” he stressed.
Prior to the Bopolu and Gbarma workshops, the CRC held a similar workshop in Bokomu.