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Law Reform Body Holds Forum On Policy
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Law Reform Body Holds Forum On Policy
By Ballah Kollie, LINA Bong County Correspondent

GBARNGA, July 5 (LINA) -The Law Reform Commission (LRC) has convened a one-day forum on the National Law Reform and Harmonization Policy with participants advancing several recommendations for its consideration.

The participants called for the decentralization of the production of deeds and tribal certificates, limitation of ownership of private land to at least 100-200 acres per person and the lifting of the moratorium imposed on the sale of public land.

The participants, who were drawn from nearly all districts of Bong County, also called for the legalization of traditional marriage as in the case of statutory marriage.

They called for the establishment of a tribal court and the enactment of a law that will compel lawmakers to consult their respective constituents before the passage of any Act into law.

Presenting the overview of the forum, Legal Consultant Attorney Fanta Barclay said the forum is intended to solicit the views of citizens on existing laws and what recommendations they think will make these laws meet present day realities.

She said recommendations on “outdated laws” will be recorded and forwarded to the commission to form part of the National Law Reform Policy.

In remarks, Bong County Development Superintendent Anthony Sheriff noted that unlike the past, the people now have the opportunity to participate in the law-making process of the country.

Sheriff said it was “a worthy cause” for the commission to ensure that old laws are remodeled to conform to present day realities.

The one-day forum, funded by the Peace Building Office of U.N. Development Program, brought together District Commissioners, Civil Society Organizations, Women and Youth Groups as well as other members of the community.


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