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Body Says CSOs Crucial In Constitution Review
Date Uploaded: Dec 07, 2013

Richard D. Baysah

KAKATA, Dec. 7 (LINA) – The Chairperson of the National Civil Society Council of Liberia, Madam Frances Greaves, says civil society organizations (CSOs) have a crucial role in the constitution review process now taking place in the country.

She said the constitution review must be taken seriously as issues under discussion will be brought to the Liberian people through a national referendum in the near future.

Madam Greaves made the statement Friday in Kakata, Margibi County at the start of a two-day constitution consultation meeting with civil society organizations in Liberia. The consultative meeting brought together civil society organizations from the 15 political sub-divisions of Liberia.

She observed that there are many articles in the constitution that are not in line with present-day realities and that these issues must be looked into so that the organic law will positively impact the lives of Liberians.

Madam Greaves said due to the ambiguity of the 1986 constitution, the constitution review process was timely to engender the much needed change envisaged by Liberians.

Earlier, Soko V. Sackor of the Constitution Review Committee (CFC) said discussions have been held with CSOs on provisions within the 1986 constitution but added that more needed to be done to come up with a draft of the issues that will be put forth for a national referendum.

Mr. Sackor said the objective of the consultative forum was to get the views of CSOs on the 1986 constitution to form part of the views already gathered by the CRC from the general citizenry.

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