APC CRC Report Out Today

 

After months of painstaking work, the 31-man Constitutional Review Committee (CRC) that was set up by the Chairman and Leader and the National Advisory Council of the main opposition All People’s Congress party would today present its report to the party leadership at the national headquarters on Old Railway Line, Brookfields, Freetown.

The news was broken by National Secretary General, Amb. Alhaji Dr. Osman Foday Yansaneh in an interview with The Exclusive early this week.

Amb. Yansaneh said the CRC which was set up in November 2018 was to have submitted its report within 90 days, which was at the end of January 2019. However, he said, the Committee asked for more time in order to do a thorough job of reflecting the will of the people in the final document, which the party leadership agreed to.

The process of reviewing the party’s 1995 constitution which was drawn up at a time when the military junta that overthrew the APC government in 1992 had forced the party to go underground and could not operate openly was forced by the National Reformation Movement (NRM), a group of young radical APC agitators for regime change within the party.

To recall how the APC 1995 Constitution came about, it was when the military junta then led by now President Rtd. Brig. Julius Maada Bio decided to accept the will of the people as expressed at the Bintumani 1 and II conferences that peace overtures be made to Corporal Foday Sankoh’ RUF and that democratic elections be held before peace with the RUF that the then APC leadership hurriedly hammered out a constitution to suit the exigency of the time in order to be able to participate in the return to democracy for the Proportional Representation election that was held the following year – 1996.

Since that time, the APC constitution has not undergone any review. When NRM rose up last year after the 2018 elections, minus calling for regime change in order to make way for the new, they also demanded that the party’s 1995 constitution undergo review, with particular reference to the selection or election of national officers/presidential flagbearer clause, which they claimed was responsible for the selection of the wrong candidate for the 2018 presidential election by the Chairman and Leader without consultation with the rest of the party at the convention that was held in Makeni in 2017.

As the public awaits consumption of the reviewed APC constitution, the question on the lips of many political watchers is whether the review expunged the selection or election clause and replaced it with election as demanded by NRM who meanwhile have vowed to press on with their demand for reformation of the APC political structure to reflect the core democratic principle of election of the party’s officials.

On this, the Wednesday, 10th July, 2019 edition of The Exclusive carried an interview with the APC National Secretary General outlining the party’s position on the matter as it is reflected in the reviewed 1995 APC constitution.