EYEAFRICA TV: Banjul, THE GAMBIA: Gambia’s ministry of Justice has published guidelines for the selection and appointment of commissioners to the Truth, Reconciliation and Reparations Commission (TRRC) following the enactment of the TRRC Act 2017.
According to the guidelines release from the ministry, the appointment process shall be completed by 28 February 2017 and all the key actors in the process shall be contacted separately and will be advised on specific timelines for each activity. “The publication of these Guidelines is for the information of the public only,” the release stated.
Formation of the TRRC emerged from nationwide public consultations which resulted in the enactment of the Act by the country’s National Assembly. The formation was a desire of the need to establish a balanced and impartial commission that is reflective of the geographic, gender, religious and cultural diversity of The Gambia and is capable of delivering results that meet the expectations of the people of The Gambia;
Five commissioners shall be appointed from each of the each of the regions in the country while one commissioner shall be selected from each region. “Selection of commissioners from these regions shall be coordinated by the Regional Governors.”
It stated that Regional Selection Panels (RSP) of seven members, which shall include representatives of youth and women groups, victim groups, civil society organizations, non-governmental organizations working in the field of human rights, religious and community leaders of the region, shall be established in each of the five regions. “The Regional Selection Panel from each region shall, after consultations with the inhabitants of all districts in the region, and preferably by consensus, nominate three candidates including at least one female for appointment from amongst the three majority ethnic groups in the region. No more than one candidate from each of the three majority ethnic groups in the region shall be nominated by a region.”
In the guidelines, regional Governors shall transmit the list of nominated candidates to the Ministry of Justice with a report identifying members of the Regional Selection Panel and certifying that the nomination process complied with the aforesaid procedure which shall include candidates age, gender, ethnicity, religion, educational background, occupation and employment history.
The President of the Republic of The Gambia shall nominate five commissioners in the following manner:
The general public shall be invited to identify suitable candidates for appointment addressed to the Ministry of Justice based on the following criteria:
The guideline teaches that commissioner shall be appointed from among youth groups in the country. The National Youth Council (NYC) shall, in consultation with its member youth groups, nominate three candidates including at least one woman and submit their names to the Minister of Justice.