By Yusef Taylor, @FlexDan_YT
The Gambia Parliamentary Newsletter (GPN) has published the ninth edition which focuses on the Draft Constitution. This edition highlights the status quo on the Draft Constitution by giving readers a historical perspective of the proceedings of the 21st and 22nd of September 2020 when the Draft Constitution was rejected as well as the positions of the President and the Minister of Justice on the revival of the Draft Constitution.
Our reporters have obtained videos of the engagement organised by an international organisation named International IDEA with Political Party Leaders which is documented in the report. This is after the Minister for Justice Hon Dawda A Jallow informed Parliament that International IDEA would be leading stakeholder engagements to build consensus on the Draft Constitution. Also featured in this exclusive publication is an article on Hon Halifa Sallah’s 14-page publication on the Draft Constitution in which he recommended for the establishment of a six-month National Committee to progress Constitution Building.
Our readers who download the latest Draft Constitution Edition will learn about the Constitution and some of the variations from the Colonial days to the 1997 Constitution. One of the publications highlights the various Bills and Acts which have been introduced in the 2023 Legislative Year, Bills Scheduled for the Third Ordinary Session of the 2023 Legislative Year and Bills coming to Parliament in 2023 as announced by President Barrow during his 2023 State of The Nation Address.
This revealing publication highlights the efforts of two Parliamentarians to table Private Member Bills and the withdrawal of two motions by Cabinet Ministers during the Third Ordinary Session of the 2023 Legislative Year. The back page highlights that the Ministry of Justice is planning to table the banning from Office TRRC Bill and Reparations Bill at an Extra-Ordinary Session before the end of the year. Another revealing article focusing on the Gambia’s Transitional Justice process highlights the EU’s readiness to Fund the International Court for Jammeh’s Trial.
Our medium has been reporting on the Draft Constitution and its failure on 22nd September 2020 which details the context of the rejection and how Parliament voted on the day to reject the Draft Constitution. Our reporters have gained access to the Hansard Publications for the 21st and 22nd September 2020 which will be serialised in future publications for readers to better understand some of the arguments of Parliamentarians of the Fifth Legislature leading to the rejection of the Draft Constitution.