The People’s Partnership Government says it will not back down on the Constitution (Amendment) Bill 2014. The Kamla Persad-Bissessar led government has indicated that the leader herself will hit the ground, beginning on Monday, August 18th in an effort to educate the country’s people and clear the fears and doubts as it relates to the run-off provision of the Bill.
Monday night will also see a public meeting being held by Persad Bissessar’s UNC party in Gasparillo. The Attorney General, Anand Ramlogan along with Housing Minister, Roodal Moonilal have assured that the government will show the people how the Bill seeks to strengthen to the democracy.
The Law Association of Trinidad and Tobago, led by Seenath Jairam SC, on Saturday called for the debate in the Senate to be stopped and for the people to be consulted on its provisions.
The Bill was laid in the Parliament on August 4th by the Prime Minister.
It proposes fixed terms for a prime minister, the right of recall of an MP and the most controversial aspect—a run-off vote—where a second poll will be held in a constituency between the two top parties, in the event candidates do not obtain more than 50 per- cent of the vote.