| PNG Bulletin Online
PORT MORESBY – If Papua New Guinea is constitutionally declared a Christian country, this will not change the rights of people to follow other religions, faiths or beliefs, says Constitutional Law Reform Commission (CLRC) chairman Kevin Isifu.
Mr Isufu made these remarks when presenting the final report of a review investigating whether the Constitution should be changed to declare PNG a Christian country.
“Among all the recommendations we put through, not one will affect our brothers and sisters from other religions to practice their faith or belief,” he told prime minister James Marape.
He said the CLRC believes the legal and policy recommendations are sound enough to declare PNG as a Christian country in the Constitution and to give prominence to God in its preamble.
Mr Isifu said the recommendations have been backed by more than 70% of the people consulted in 21 provinces and in Bougainville, who clearly stated the Constitution be amended to that effect.
“It is my firm belief these recommendations will not only give us an identity as a nation but most importantly exist to shape, mould and direct this nation today and into the future,” he said.
“I hope the recommendations contained herein will be given serious consideration and endorsement by this government.
He said time is of the essence as changes to the Constitution require adherence to strict constitutional procedures.
He said CLRC is ready to commence work on relevant Constitutional amendments and reforms.
The review was completed in six weeks. Inquiries for constitutional directives usually take 18 months to two years to complete.