In just over two hours’ time the Lower House of Parliament is scheduled to convene where controversial amendments to the constitution are expected to be debated.
The amendments are two term limits for the Prime Minister, the right to recall under-performing representatives and a run-off in constituencies where a candidate does not win a majority of the electorate.
The most controversial section of the amendments is the run off.
Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar said the bill was a promise made to the people in the party’s 2010 manifesto.
During her tabling of the bill on August 4th the PM stated that the adoption of the manifesto through Parliament as Government’s development policy agenda was the best way to ensure that citizens had the power to hold them to their commitments.
However the opposition parties are not buying PM Persad-Bissessar’s claims.
People’s National Movement Leader, Dr. Keith Rowley has said that it was an attempt by the Government to hold onto power.
Chairman of the Independent Liberal Party, Jack Warner stated that he viewed the constitution Bill as an ambush of the electorate and all Opposition Parties.
Debate is carded to begin at 10:30 am.