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Constitution Reform Commission member calls for Amendment Bill debate to be postponed

by | Aug 8, 2014

MERLE HODGEA member of the Constitutional Reform Commission (CRC) has come out in contradiction of statements made by Attorney General, Anand Ramlogan, and Chairman of the CRC Hamid Ghany that the right to recall Members of Parliament came up in the consultations.

Merle Hodge said contrary to the utterances of both men the right to recall was did not come up in follow-up consultations but was there from the beginning.

Ms Hodge highlighted sections of the People Partnership manifesto of 2010 which promised to bring such legislation.

She stated that the run off proposal did not feature in any of the consultations or the manifesto.

Ms. Hodge took responsibility for the whole package, but distanced herself from the timetable that has been set for taking this Bill to Parliament.

She stated that consultations cannot be used to defend the specific provisions of the Bill.

Ms. Hodge advised the government to postpone the debate because the country needs a decent period for discussion on the Bill, and for parliamentarians who are predictably absent to return from vacation.

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