Tuesday, July 23, 2019

WILL THERE BE CONSTITUTIONAL REFORM OR CONSTITUTIONAL OVERHAUL?

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The president of the Republic did confirm at a press conference that term limit will be one of the constitutional reforms that will be undertaken by the new government. He however added the constitution may be subject to reform or overhauled completely.

Gambians must be alert. What the country needs is to carefully look at the provisions of the constitution which require amendments. The agenda to overhaul constitution could lead to new manipulations of the constitution which could result in removing undesirable provisions only to add new undesirable provisions.

It is important for a national debate to begin on the content of the 1997 constitution with a view to making proposals for amendments. The law reform commission can take responsibility of making announcements to receive proposals which could be reviewed by validation workshops, etc which could then conclude whether an amendment exercise could be taken or not. We look forward to such debate.

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