May 5, 2015 By Patrick J. Kamara
Chairman of the eighty-man Constitutional Review Committee (CRC), Justice Edmond Cowan, has assured the general public that every individual in the country would have a say in the current constitutional review process (CRP) of the 1991 Constitution.
Speaking yesterday at the launch of the constitutional review materials, including booklets of relevant portions of the extant constitution translated into five local languages and videos on key thematic areas of the constitutional review process done by the National Commission for Democracy (NCD) Sierra Leone, Justice Cowan said he was elated about the effort of NCD to take the review to the grassroots.
He noted that the people should own the revised constitution to ensure a comprehensive and holistic democratic process. He urged individuals tasked with distributing the materials to reach the last person in every nook and cranny of the country.
In his keynote address, Abdoul Kouroma, Deputy Director of Governance in the Ministry of Political and Public Affairs, applauded NCD for “a job well done” which, according to him, was a tremendous boost to the country’s quest to reviewing the 1991 Constitution.
He said the need for the promotion of democratic good governance could not be overemphasized as it was the fuel that propels the engine of sustainable development with proven and tested experiences in every sphere of human endeavour, as democracy has become the most reasonable political system for meaningful change.
“I consider it a privilege to launch these 4000 copies of the constitutional review materials in five local languages including Krio, Mende, Limba, Themne and Kono, and also twenty-five videos on related thematic areas that will prove very useful to the people of this nation,” he said.
Project focal person, Bai John Conteh, said a project titled ‘National Civic Education Campaign to Enhance the Constitutional Review Process’ was funded by the United Nations Development Programme to educate the public on the constitutional review process.
He said the objective of the project was not only to inform the vast majority of Sierra Leoneans but to trigger their interest to participate in the review process by way of expressing their views.