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Public Wants Tenure Of Elected Officials Cut

By Richard Stephens

MONROVIA, Jan 17 (LINA) -The Constitution Review Committee (CRC) says it received several inputs from the Liberian public during the year 2013, with the reduction of the tenures of elected officials an overriding concern.

The committee said the public suggested a reduction in the presidential term from six years to four years, while that of Senior Senators be cut from nine years to six years, and junior senators and members of the House of Representatives be reduced from six year to four years.

The public also called for the constitution reform to include a clause making it mandatory for government institutions and foreign corporations to provide vacation jobs and internships for students and youths as part of the efforts to empower Liberian youths.

The public opinions during the CRC hearings also called for every Liberian to benefit from the oil revenue to avoid another round of civil conflict.

The public views were contained in the CRC’s 2013 report issued Thursday in Monrovia.

The public also called on the CRC to print the Constitution in simple Liberian English to enable ordinary Liberians read and understand the document, adding that this generate mass participation in the constitution review process.

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