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The Governance Stakeholders Coordination Forum Presents Position Paper To The Constitutional Review Committee
By Awareness Times
Aug 20, 2015, 17:00
The Governance stakeholders Coordination Forum (GSCF) a group of International Non Government Organizations,National Non Governmental Organizations and Civil Society Organizations, comprising OXFAM, Action Aid International Sierra Leone, Christian Aid, Trocaire, Campaign for Good Governance (CGG), Network Movement for Justice and Development (NMJD), IBIS and Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA) has presented a position paper to the Constitutional Review Committee on the current 1991 constitution under review.
Speaking on behalf of the group, Konima Bobor Kamara, National Advocacy and Campaigns Officer at OXFAM in Sierra Leone gave a brief background of the GSCF.Â She said the GSCF was formed in 2009 by a group of INGO’s, Civil Society Organizations and National NGO’s with the aim of promoting transparency, democracy, human rights and good governance in Sierra Leone.
|Konima Bobor Kamara, OXFAM’s National Advocacy and Campaigns Officer presenting the position paper to Edmond Cowan, Chairperson of the CRC|
In her presentation, consultant and legal practitioner who did the research, Yasmine Jusu Sheriff encouraged the Commission to make good use of the document as there are important areas that need to be considered in the current constitutional review. She highlighted parts of the Constitution which she thought were of relevance to be reviewed. She noted chapter 2 which talks about Accountability for and ‘Justiciability’ of the Principles of state policy, Inadequate protection of human rights and gender equality, Entrenchment of the decentralization process, Separation of powers between the Judiciary and the Executive, Excessive powers of the Executive President, Transparency and accountability in relation to presidential appointments and sovereignÂ Â agreements, Media Freedom and effective laws on issues of State of Emergency. She called on the commission to give serious considerations to these areas and even referred the Commission to the Constitutions of Kenya and Ghana where she thought these laws are adequately addressed.
|Legal Consultant, Yasmine Jusu Sheriff making her presentation to the Constitutional Review Committee|