LIBERIA: Youth Groups, Fly And LINSU Want CRC Process Address Youth Issues

GBARNGA, April 2 (LINA) – Officials of the Federation of Liberian Youth (FLY) and the Liberia National Students Union (LINSU) are calling on delegates at the Constitution Review Conference to ensure that issues concerning youth are addressed in the ongoing review process.

LINSU President Varney Jesse, who spoke on behalf of the two youth groups, said all of the 25 propositions contained in the document being deliberated do not address issues proposed by youths during the nationwide consultation conducted by the Constitution Review Committee.

Jesse alleged that during the nationwide consultations, youth among other things, suggested that the young people be represented in the governance process of the country, something that was not reflected in the 25 propositions to be voted on.

He made the assertion Tuesday in an interview with a team of journalists at the ongoing Constitutional Review Conference in Gbarnga, Bong County.

The youth official pointed out that both institutions will consider the entire process null and void until their wishes are adequately addressed.

Jesse stressed that there is need for the process to consider reducing the current ages enshrined in the constitution for individuals wishing to contest for the House of Representatives or Senate, as recommended by youths to afford them the opportunity to serve.

When contacted, the Chair of the Constitution Review Committee, Cllr. Gloria Musu Scott, said the 25 propositions are a reflection of all sectors of the country and as such there was a need for the youth to remain constructively engaged in the process.

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