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A Third Republic for a New Beginning

  • Guarantee the Liberty, Dignity and Prosperity of All

    Ensure that all instruments, institutions and normative practices associated with governance, are designed to affirm and consolidate the sovereignty of the citizen, protect and enlarge the liberty, dignity and prosperity of all.

  • A New Constitution for a New Republic and Beginning

    A commission of Gambian jurists will be constituted to conduct a review of the Constitution and laws that different stakeholders deem to be unreasonable and unjustifiable in a democratic society, in consultation with the wider public and propose reforms that will be followed by a referendum.

  • One Term Transitional Presidency for a New Beginning

    Combat monarchical and self-perpetuating rule of the Presidency by promoting a national consensus on a one term mandate after transfer of power from the current administration, followed by  a constitutional amendment to introduce a two four-year term limit.

  • Gender Parity, Security of Tenure and Proportional Representation

    Introduce Gender parity for two thirds of Cabinet posts and subject appointments and dismissal of Ministers to National Assembly approval. Introduce proportional representation for two thirds of the seats in Parliament, so that one third of the membership will ensure gender parity and institutionalise it in preparing a selection list for the would-be occupants of those seats.

    Eliminate the post of nominated members and replace it with a policy of proportional representation and ensure the security of tenure of parliamentarians by subjecting them to removal only through the exercise of the right to recall by the electorates.

  • Special Service Commission for the Appointment of Judges

    A Special Service Commission will appoint the Chief Justice subject to approval by the president and the National Assembly. It will appoint judges and magistrates in consultation with the Judicial Service Commission.

    Judges and magistrates will be subject to removal only for misconduct or infirmity after a hearing before a tribunal, and the removal of judges will require impeachment proceedings by the legislature.

  • Decentralisation and the Separation of Party and State

    Legislate the separation between party, business and state by requiring Presidents to surrender party leadership positions, entrust their businesses to trustees and concentrate on being every body’s President at all times.

    Implement decentralisation and devolution of power by replacing Governors with Regional Permanent Secretaries representing the Ministry for Regional Administration.

    Establish elected councils to administer villages, districts and regions.

  • Customary Law and Administration

    The Chiefs who now preside over district tribunals will not be appointed or removed by the executive and will have no executive function. Instead they will be appointed by the Judicial Service Commission based on competency in the administration of codified customary law, to serve as presidents of district tribunals. They could be removable only through impeachment proceedings for reasons of misconduct or infirmity ascertained by a tribunal.

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