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Bill could change face of T&T’s political landscape

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Electoral politics in T&T has been put on dazzling new heights with the introduction of a Constitutional Amendment Bill which, when passed, will change the face of the country’s political landscape in very fundamental ways. 

Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar, speaking in the House of Representatives on Monday, when the measures were announced, told the legislature and the nation by extension the constitutional reforms were promised by the People’s Partnership coalition, which included that item in their 2010 general election manifesto.

It was a major item in the PP’s bag of promises, and although a team was appointed to a constitutional commission which was headed by Legal Affairs Minister Prakash Ramadhar, there was some level of scepticism as to whether the regime would fulfil this aspect of its election pledges before the next general election.

This position was borne out by the length of time the Ramadhar team took to produce its report and some citizens wondered if they would ever finish its task in time for the next general election. But after a perusal of the PM’s statement on Monday one got the impression that the members had indeed worked long and hard to produce a report which would find favour with the wider population.