Prime Minister Kamla Persad Bissesar says she is giving active consideration to the recommendation by President Anthony Carmona that the local government elections could also be used as a referendum on making the Caribbean Court of Justice this country’s final court of appeal.
President Carmona made the recommendation during last Friday’s ceremonial opening of the Fourth Session of the 10th Parliament of Trinidad and Tobago.
Speaking with reporters following a UNC Parliamentary Arm meeting at Rienzi Complex, Couva this week , Prime Minister Kamla Persad Bissessar, said if the President’s recommendation is to be implemented it would require legislative changes to facilitate the CCJ referendum.
The UNC Leader said that UNC councilors recommended the passage of local government reform legislation before staging the elections.
She said some councilors suggested that the local government polls be pushed back until after the legislative reforms, but insisted that no decision was taken to postpone the polls beyond when it is constitutionally due.
In a News Power Now interview , PNM’s Public Relations Officer, Faris Al Rawi, insisted the local government elections should be held when it is constitutional due.
Mr. Al Rawi added that there would be serious implications if the upcoming local government elections are postponed.