CRC Deepens Citizens' Engagement on Constitution Reform Process

Nov 14, 2016

Participants at the sensitization engagement on Constitutional Reform

The Constitution Review Committee (CRC) has started the deepening of citizens’ engagement in the ongoing Liberia constitution reform process.

The process commenced recently in Kakata, Margibi County with the training of civic education volunteers (CEVs) and others to increase awareness on the constitutional reform process and to ensure its success in the pending referendum.

The exercise is part of a Small Grants Program that has been awarded to several civil society organizations (CSOs) and grassroots organization in different parts of Liberia to reach as many Liberians as possible with these messages.

The objective of the small grant program is to among other things- undertake advocacy and engagement with relevant policy-makers and Legislature on the constitutional review process and proposed amendments as well as to undertake context specific research and analysis and develop policy papers and positions on issues of relevance to the proposed amendments.

It also seeks to promote public understanding and awareness of the role the Legislature plays in the constitution review process in putting forward the particular proposed amendments.

According to Cammue Mulbah, Project Manager of the Survivors Aid International Liberia (SAIL) Incorporated, the awareness will also enable citizens to participate while being adequately informed of the choices they are faced with and the possible impact on their lives.

Mulbah told volunteers to make strides in reaching the messages to targeted communities in Liberia. 

Constitutional reform remains a unique opportunity for advancing reconciliation, political dialogue, peace consolidation, and a means to achieve consensus on sensitive and unresolved issues that underlie Liberia’s past conflict.

The Support to Constitutional Review Project (SCRP) was signed between the Government of Liberia (GoL) and UNDP Liberia in September 2013.

Over the last three years, the Constitutional Review Committee (CRC) assisted by the Governance Commission (GC) and the Law Reform Commission (LRC) has spearheaded the Constitutional Review Process (CRC.

With funding from the United States Aid for International Development (USAID), the Peace Building Fund (PBF), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) the CRC has received technical and advisory support.

The CRC’s three-year mandate came to an end in 2014 but was given a one-year extension due to delays in the process occasioned by the outbreak of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) and the attendant restrictions on movements of persons.

As this process continues, partners agreed on the need to maintain the momentum by deepening engagements, building knowledge and sensitizing citizens on the importance of an inclusive and participatory constitutional reform process, recognizing that the constitutional reform process provides a unique opportunity to advance reconciliation, political dialogue, and peace consolidation efforts in Liberia.

Contact

Elizabeth Sumo-Project Assistant e-mail:elizabeth.sumo@undp.org/ Tel: +231-886599089

Augusta Pshorr –Communications Analyst E-mail: augusta.pshorr@undp.org Tel: +231-770-003-819/886-521-425

Sam Zota –National UNV Communications Associate Email: zotasam@gmail.com Tel: +231-886-474-563/770175162