EYEAFRICA TV: Banjul, The Gambia: Chairperson of the Constitutional Review Commission -CRC- said the commission’s approach from the inception of its work had been to utilise all available practical platforms to afford Gambians and other stakeholders the opportunity to participate in the constitution-building process.
In an online press briefing on Tuesday following the submission of the final draft constitution to president Adama Barrow on Monday, Cherno Sulayman Jallow said the CRC has given enormous credence to public opinion during the consultation process.
Established as per the Constitutional Review Commission Act that was passed on 13 December 2017 by the National Assembly and assented to by the president on 13 January 2018, the CRC was established to draft and guide the process of drafting a new Constitution for the Gambia.
Chairperson Jallow further stated that in their own assessment of the new draft constitution, it represents the generality of how Gambian people wish to be governed once it comes into effect.
In the execution of its function, the commission was mandated to seek public opinion; review the 1997 Constitution; adhere to national values; safeguard and promote issues of sovereignty; separation of powers, national unity; introduction of term limits, and continuance of The Gambia as a secular state.
At the submission of the draft constitution to the presidency on Tuesday, president Adama Barrow said the drafting process of the constitution has generated lot of debate but said the premise was that a strong and all-inclusive constitution will provide a safe-haven for all citizens to enjoy the path to peace, freedom and prosperity.
Now that the commission has submit the new draft law book to the presidency, it will be subjected to cabinet review before tabling before the national assembly for enactment and final referendum.