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CRC Disowns APC White Paper

15,Dec 2017
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By Aruna Turay

Chairman for the Constitutional Review Committee (CRC) Hon. Justice Edmond Cowan has told the world in a radio interview that the recommendations and documents presented to the All People’s Congress (APC) led Government of Sierra Leone by the Committee where not those presented by the government on its White Paper.

Hon. Justice Cowan said a good number of the recommendations his Commission presented in its final report were tempered with and changed to something else that does not represent the people of Sierra Leone.

It can be recalled that the mandate of the CRC was to review the 1991 Constitution of Sierra Leone and the Peter Tucker’s Constitutional Commission Report (PTCR) submitted to the Government in January 2008 as a working document. The CRC was launched by the President of Sierra Leone, His Excellency, Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma. The Committee was consisted of eighty (80) members representing different stakeholders in society, including political parties, democratic institutions, NGOs, the media and key independent bodies.

After the official launch of the Constitutional Review Committee on 30th July 2013 the Constitutional Review process commenced and the CRC’s task was to review the 1991 Constitution of Sierra Leone together with the Peter Tucker’s Constitutional Review Commission Report (PTCR) which was submitted to government in January 2008 as a working document. During the two - year process the CRC carried out extensive consultations with Sierra Leoneans both inside the country and in the Diaspora (Ghana and Kenya). This included undertaking consultative meetings, collecting and collating more than a hundred (100) position papers submitted by many CSOs, individuals, social and political group

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