EYEAFRICA TV: Banjul, The Gambia: Gambia’s Constitutional Review Commission – CRC- has announced today that it has finalised the country’s draft constitution which it will submit to President Adama Barrow at State House on Monday March 30.
The Commission says the finalisation of the constitution followed series of consultations with Gambians at home and abroad as to how they wish to be governed under the new Constitution.
At v press briefing in January, the commission made a promise to Gambians that it will submit the final Draft Constitution to the President not later than March, 2020.
Consultation during the drafting of the constitution brought a rigorous dispute between Gambians, especially Muslims and Christians over the inclusion of the word secular in the new constitutions. Gambia Christian council insisted that the country should be a secular state and for the government to distance itself from all religious matters but the country’s Islamic council said the country has never been and should not be a secular state.
‘It is gratifying to note that a lot of effort was invested by Gambians from all walks of life to ensure that the Commission produces a Constitution that will stand the test of time and become a model for not only the African continent but the World at large,’ the commission said in v statement on Thursday.
It says on Tuesday March 31, it will also publish the final Draft Constitution and the accompanying report on its website (www.crc220.org) and via its social media platforms (Twitter: @crcgambia, Linkedin: crc@gambia and Facebook: Constitutional Review Commission, The Gambia) to give Gambians the opportunity to acquaint themselves with the contents of this national document of great importance.