The Chairman on Good Governance at the House of Representatives has disclosed that the 25 propositions submitted to his committee by the Constitution Review Committee has been drastically reduced to eight.
Representative Larry Yonquoi of Nimba County said the propositions, which include Christianizing of Liberia, dual citizenship, and rights of women, among other key issues was slashed by his committee.
Addressing a news conference Tuesday, February 23, 2016 in the conference room of the House of Representative on Capitol Hill, he said the reduction is necessary because some of those propositions were based on ignorance.
Representative Yonquoi said the actual constitutional amendments that should go through national referendum in 2017 are only, but due to ignorance, they were increased to 25 with duplications, stressing that it is the responsibility of the House Committee on Good Governance to condense such document to an understandable figure.
The National Constitution Review Conference held in Gbarnga, Bong County in April 2015 was marred by protests among delegates with placards wielding youths storming the Gbarnga Administration Building in demand of representation, while Christians and Muslims slugged it out for voice to guarantee their religions.
A group of clergymen and women from the Christian community had proposed the legislation of Liberia as a Christian State against vehement rejection by members of the Muslim community who say one religion should not have dominance in the Constitution.
Meanwhile, the House’s joint Committee on Good Governance, Elections, Inauguration and the Judiciary will today, February 24, convene final public hearings on the report of the CRC propositions.
The committee is expected to host experts on religious, political, disability and environmental issues to present the merits and demerits arising from suggestions on possible changes in the 1986 Constitution of Liberia.
However, former Internal Affairs Minister Blamoh Nelson, Attorney Alfred Brownell, and Dr. Amos C. Sawyer, head of the Good Governance, are expected to serve as facilitators.
By E. J. Nathaniel Daygbor-Edited by Jonathan Browne