Kirk Waithe’s disingenuous statement that the People’s Partnership government led by Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar does not plan to hold an election in 2015 is an example of fear mongering and irresponsible chatter that have become characteristic of those clearly opposed to the government.
Speaking on the TV6 morning show with host Fazeer Mohammed, the leader of the group Fixin’ T&T charged that the government interfered with the electoral process by not consulting citizens on the runoff proposal in the Constitution Amendment Bill.
He added that he was not convinced that there would be a general election in 2015.
The record of the People’s Partnership government on its respect for the law and the constitution is very clear.
Unlike the former PNM government of which Keith Rowley was a part, the PP government has always held elections when they were due. The PNM administration postponed local government elections three years in a row on the spurious argument that it was working on local government reform.
On the other hand Mrs. Persad-Bissessar showed leadership in holding three elections in 2013 when they were constitutionally due, for which she won an international award for upholding democracy in T&T.
Mr. Waithe’s argument about the runoff proposal is without merit. The constitutional amendments for the runoff elections for the House of Representatives were designed to address numerous complaints made before the Constitution Commission about deficiencies in the existing electoral system.
Mrs. Persad-Bissessar showed leadership in being the only Prime Minister since Eric Williams to walk the talk on constitution reform and introduce and pass reforms recommended after exhaustive consultations with the people in both Trinidad and Tobago.
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