By Omar Bah
The Constitutional Review Commission has spent over D116 million in drafting a new constitution that lasted nearly two years.
“We have expended as of 29 March 2020, a sum of a little over 116 million dalasis. I cannot remember the exact figure but it is less than D117M,” the CRC chairperson Justice Cherno Sulayman Jallow told journalists at a virtual press conference yesterday.
The Commission’s activities included a nationwide consultative tour and meeting the diaspora.
The CRC was established in 2018 as per the Constitutional Review Commission Act passed on 13 December 2017 by the National Assembly and assented to by the president on 13 January 2018 to draft and guide the process of promulgating a new Constitution.
In the execution of this function, they were tasked to seek public opinion; review the 1997 Constitution; adhere to national values; safeguard and promote issues of sovereignty; separation of powers, national unity; introduction of term limits, and continuance of The Gambia as a secular state.
The Commission will be dissolved one calendar month after the date of enactment by the National Assembly of the Bill introducing the Constitution.