By Ousman A. Marong
The Chairperson of the Constitution Review Commission (CRC) Justice Cherno Sulayman Jallow has unveiled to journalists that that the CRC will on Friday, 15th November release its first ever Draft Constitution for public scrutiny.
He made the revelation at its secretariat in Kotu where his office was training journalists on responsible journalism reporting on sensitive issues.
“We will be releasing our first ever draft constitution on Friday for scrutiny. In this we will be expecting the reaction of the experts together with the general public all inclusive. We expect the citizenry’s to carefully and constructively look into the draft constitution to analysis it well,” he remarked.
He said the drafting of the constitution is not a secret process and that is why they are always embarking on public consultation with the public to seek their opinions. He stated that CRC will continue to work with all stakeholders including all the media houses in the constitutional review process.
He added that this will help the CRC and Gambians to work together in drafting the best constitution for the citizens.
“We will be embarking on a public consultation begging next month, all gained towards in the implementation of a good constitution for the Gambian people,” he asserted.
In his opening address, Sainey M.K Marenah, head of the Communications Department at the CRC, said “this training is meant to equip journalists on how to report constructively with regards to the draft constitution.”
He said journalists are expected to educate the masses and therefore, they are inviting them to help them in spreading the news.
He challenged the citizens to take to take ownership of the document to critically analysis it.
In his part, Lawyer Lamin S. Camara, a commissioner at the CRC said what they have been cooking in the past sixteen months is now ready for public consumption.
“If the draft constitution is out it would be disseminated for public scrutiny,” he said.
Mr. Camara highlighted the importance of communication, saying if the correct information is disseminated to the people, it will help in achieving the type of constitution Gambians want.
He urged journalists and editors to be responsible in their job.