CRC launches Public Participation Platform

Thursday, March 07, 2019

The Constitutional Review Commission in partnership with International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance on Tuesday launched the Public Participation Platform (PPP) at CRC’s office.

The day also witnessed the training of CRC staff on how to use the PPP as well as gather information and analyse the information.

The platform will be used to seek public opinion on constitutional review matters.

Justice Cherno Sulayman Jallow, chairman of the CRC described International IDEA as one of their key partners in the development of the new Constitution for The Gambia and therefore thanked them for their support.

He added that a lot of efforts have been expended for the training and therefore urged participants to take the training seriously.

He pointed out that the platform is designed with the objective of securing the views and objectives of Gambians and other stakeholders in making a determination that truly represents the views and aspirations of the Gambian people.

He called on all to continue to work together to ensure “we have the constitution we all desire at the end of the day.”

Justice Jallow noted that there are a lot of expectations from Gambians, saying they must deliver as a commission.

He also said that the platform will help them in gathering and determining what truly reflects the wishes and aspirations of Gambians.

Sumit Bisarya, head of Constitutional Building at International IDEA, said they learnt more from CRC than the CRC learnt from them.

He highlighted that the CRC and the work they have done will continue to be a model for other countries embarking on similar processes. He therefore commended the CRC, the Gambian public and media for their tremendous work.

He described the PPP and training as important as it would give people the opportunity to speak as individuals.

Omar Ousman Jobe, secretary of the CRC, in chairing the occasion, described the PPP as far better than Survey Monkey.

Author: Cherno Omar Bobb & Musa Sanneh