By Solomon Giddings/Prince Nagbe, Liberia News Agency

Delegates at the ongoing Constitutional Review Conference in Gbarnga, Bong County have voted on 13 of the 25 propositions recommended by Liberians from the 73 electoral districts across the country.

President Ellen Johnson of Liberia
President Ellen Johnson of Liberia

The voting process was preceded by hours of tension by members of the Christian and Muslim communities who were protesting for and against transforming Liberia into a Christian state.

The delegates voted in favor of the reduction of the tenure of the President and Representatives from six to four years and Senators from nine to six years.

They also voted for land owners on whose lands minerals and other resources are found to share the benefits accrued with the government, and that they should be part of the negotiations between government and concessionaires.

The delegates through their votes said no to dual citizenship and non-negroes becoming citizens of Liberia and also voted against the dual currency regime, while rejecting the use of mutilated Liberian legal tender.

They voted for propositions which call for the election of Superintendents, Commissioners, Mayors and Chiefs and for respect and recognition for persons with disabilities to be enshrined in the Constitution.

The delegates voted against the propositions that the Chief Justice be elected, and that the Vice President should not preside over the Senate because of the principle of separation of powers.

After the dual citizenship proposition was voted out, the head of the Federation of Liberians in Australia, Mr. Bobby Whitefield, argued that the counting of the votes was not done properly and called for a re-count, something the Constitution Review Commission dismissed.

Meanwhile, voting on the remaining 12 propositions continues on Thursday, April 2.


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