The 10 registered political parties in Sierra Leone on Tuesday 24th June declared their support to the work of the Constitutional Review Committee (CRC).
Reading their pledges at a one-day engagement organised by the Political Parties Registration Commission (PPRC), representatives of the political parties assured the PPRC and the people of Sierra Leone that they will ensure everything is done for the review process to be successful.
They promised to refrain from making any statement that will endanger the work or lives of members of the committee and the nation as a whole, and that they will at all times support the process and encourage their members and supporters to support the exercise to the end.
In his opening remarks, Chairman of the PPRC, Justice M.E. Tolla Thompson, said the review of the 1991 Constitution of Sierra Leone will enhance the country’s nascent democracy. The PPRC, he said, is a creation of the 1991 Constitution and the Political Parties Act of 2002.
The functions of the PPRC, according to Justice Thompson, are not only limited to the registration and supervision of the conduct of political parties but also to monitor the accountability of political parties to its members and the electorates, and to promote political pluralism and the spirit of constitutionalism among political parties.
In his keynote address, Chairman of the Constitutional Review Committee, Justice Edmond Cowan, admonished political parties to have the interest of the people at heart and to take the exercise very seriously. Political parties, he urged, must come together in the process, meet and discuss with their people to ensure that the views of the people are incorporated into the reviewed constitution.
Presentations on the role of political parties in the constitutional review process by Dr. Ramadan Dumbuya and Women’s Advocacy and Gender Equality by Mrs. Yasmin Fofanah formed the highpoint of the workshop.
After the presentations, the 10 political parties presented their parties’ position papers on the constitutional review process.