Several UNC members in the Senate have come under fire for their decision to abstain from voting
during yesterday’s debate on the Miscellaneous Provisions (Marriage) Bill.
The bill intended to raise the age of marriage in this country to 18 years old was passed in the
Senate just after 10pm on Tuesday with a simple majority after several amendments were made in spite
that fact Attorney General Faris Al Rawi initially indicated that a special majority needed.
The abstentions came from UNC Senators Wayne Sturge, Gerald Ramdeen, Khadijah Ameen and Wade Mark as well as Independent Senator Dhanayshar Mahabir.
Senator Ameen sought to clear the air on her prospective regarding this continuous issue in an
interview with the Power Breakfast Show, here on Power 102.1fm this morning.
She claims that while she is in support of the change, there are certain aspects of the bill that she
is not quite comfortable with, hence her resolution to forego voting on the matter.
The legislation now goes to the Lower House to be debated by Members of Parliament.