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PNM to state its position on reforms today

by | Aug 7, 2014

NEWS GRAPHIC 6The People’s National Movement (PNM) Public Relations Officer (PRO) Farris Al Rawi has stated that the Party had a scheduled meeting yesterday to discuss the effect of the constitutional changes proposed by Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar to consider whether it can be challenged by law.

The meeting followed hours of talks earlier between members of the PNM hierarchy and other stakeholders on how they would respond to the proposals, which could come when Government introduced them during debate on the Constitutional (Amendment) Bill 2014 next week.

While the changes would not require Opposition support and would need a simple majority to be passed, Al-Rawi said yesterday’s General Council meeting at Balisier House was intended to look deeper into the proposed bill.

He disclosed that despite media reports, the meeting was in no way a “panic” meeting, but a monthly general council meeting specifically to discuss the Bill.

Al Rawi claimed that the PNM had issues with the second ballot voting run off.

He said it came like a thief in the night much like section 34 did a couple years ago in August.

He also said that from his knowledge during the Consultation discussions there was never any talk about a second ballot run off voting.

He went further to state that this could be to the detriment of all political parties instead of just the two main political parties.

And questioned why a democratic Government would bring such an inclusion in the Bill.

Opposition Leader Dr Keith Rowley said the PNM would address the public today on the decisions taken at the meeting.

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