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Bill to put power in the hands of the people

by | Aug 7, 2014

news 1Since the Prime Minister made the announcement of Constitutional changes last Monday, there have been various reactions within and outside the political arena.

Prime Minister Persad- Bissessar has said that the proposed Constitutional changes came out of extensive national public consultations on Constitutional Reform which began in March of last year.

The measures include limiting two terms in office for a Prime Minister, the right by voters to recall a non-performing Member of Parliament, a second ballot run off voting if no candidate receives over 50 percent of votes at the polls and a fixed date for elections.

In an interview this morning, Minister of the Environment and Water Resources and Leader of Government Business in the Senate Minister Ganga Singh has stated that after extensive consultation, the government decided to proceed with three specific recommendations.

The Minister went on to say that there may be problems with implementing these changes to the Constitution, because of the Opposition’s change of heart on the issue.

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According to Attorney-At-Law Wayne Sturge the goal of putting more power into the hands of the people as opposed to the politicians would be achieved.

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