Councilor for Sintet Ward in the Foni Jarol District of the West Coast Region
has suggested to the Constitutional Review Commission (CRC) to include term
limits for members of the National Assembly Members in the new constitution.
Hamadi Tamba was speaking on Monday at Kalagi village, as members of the CRC continue their nationwide outreach, sounding the opinion of citizens. The CRC headed by Justice Cherno Sulayman Jallow are being tasked with the responsibility of reviewing the 1997 constitution and to draft a new constitution for The Gambia.
“The new constitution to be drafted by the CRC should have term limits for NAM and which should only be three terms. The term for councilors which is four years should be extended to five years. The new constitution should deter dual citizen from contesting president election,” he opined.
Like other regions, the communities of Foni Jarrol called for the establishment of Agriculture Service Commission, Health Service Commission, Teachers Service Commissions and Forestry Service Commission as well as for the continuity of Marble voting system. Various speakers also suggested that chief and alkalolu not to be elected.
For the chairman of the Independent Electoral Commission, Tamba political parties and their candidates should declare their assets for transparency purposes. “The 15 years requirement for naturalization should be reduced to 10 years,” he said.
The alkalo for Kalagi, Sulayman Sanyang, underscored the significance of the forum, saying commission for education is key because the abolishment of corporal punishment in schools has greatly affected ‘our education sector’.
The new constitution to be drafted, he went on, should also protect people living with HIV/AIDS, maintaining that stigma and discrimination are some of the issues discouraging people to go for voluntary counseling and testing. “There should be a provision in the new constitution that punish people that discriminate people living with HIV/AIDS”
Mariama Camara, the head girl of Kalagi Upper and Senior Secondary School said there should be tough punishment for rapist. “Anyone who rapes a girl should be sentenced to life in prison. However, a victim who is trying to defense herself and eventually wound the rapist should not be punished,” she stated
“There should be free education for students up to the university because low income earners cannot afford to send their children to the university. The new constitution should also support and empower farmers with a view to enabling them sell their products. And there should be free health service,” Ousman Baldeh added.