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Reactions continue to pour in on proposed Constitutional Amendments

by | Aug 7, 2014

NEWS GRAPHIC 7Reactions continue to pour in on the Constitutional Amendment Bill to be debated in parliament on Monday.

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 fixed date at elections.

The Prime Minister made the announcement of Constitutional changes last Monday, and since then there have been various reactions.

Mrs. Persad- Bissessar claimed that these proposed Constitutional changes came from recommendations from the people after extensive national public consultations on Constitutional Reform which began in March of last year.

 

Dr Hamid GhanyThe 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 fixed date at elections.

Constitutional Expert Dr. Hamid Ghany who was also one of the members on the Committee who made recommendations for Constitutional Reform, revealed that the contents of the Bill, really reflect issues that’s been debated for many years.

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One of the major points of concern with the Bill is the Run off Vote, as had been articulated by the People’s National Movement.

Mr Ghany revealed that the system is designed in a way to facilitate smaller parties.

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He also said that one of the problems is that a link with the recall and reun off is being made when there is none.

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