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Sierra Leone News: Matrix develops for possible referendum on CRC

Joseph Fitzgerald Kamara

Joseph Fitzgerald Kamara

The Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Joseph Fitzgerald Kamara, has disclosed that the sub-committee set up by the government to look at the recommendations of the Constitutional Review Committee (CRC) has concluded its work and they have developed a matrix for a possible referendum. The Committee was formed early this year to address the issues raised in the CRC. “Five months into their work, the Sub-Committee has reported to the Cabinet and they have reviewed the work and have given me instructions to look at the entirety of our responses”, Kamara said. He added, “We have developed the matrix and it is left for us now to decide whether we should move forward with the proposals for referendum or not”.   Chief Electoral Commissioner of the National Electoral Commission (NEC), Mohamed N’fa-Alie Conteh, said, “As a Commission, when you talk about Constitutional review, we are definitely preparing for a referendum”.
In February, President Koroma announced, “As provided by law, the government White Paper will be tabled in Parliament… if enacted by Parliament and in line with ECOWAS Protocols on democracy, a referendum on the new Constitution will take place before the end of September this year”.
Kamara said, “There is a high probability that if there is a need for a referendum it could be held but we have to examine whether we need it or not.  Because some of the changes that were recommended and we have accepted as government do not need a referendum. Those that need referendum we will take a special look and see if we need to expend the kind of resources on that”.
BM/17/6/17
By Betty Milton
Monday June 19, 2017.

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