The house of representatives has 41 members whilst the Senate has 30 senators. In total, takes into account the views of over 70 persons. While debate continues unabated on the Constitution Amendment Bill 2014, we cannot ignore the fact that this bill went through the process of nationwide consultation. It was then debated for days in the parliament by over 70 MP’s and senators. Why is it that a small fraction of the population trying all that is within their power to stop this bill?
Ramesh Lawrence Maharaj, speaking at a news conference, said the President must exercise “fairly and not arbitrarily” his discretion to assent or to withhold assent of the Constitution (Amendment) Bill. “He (the President) has a duty to engage the population in consultation. He also stated that the president must consider that this was an amendment to the Constitution in respect of which the population was not consulted.
I would like to support the President. However, when stated that “forays into reform were to be expected from a young nation, but there was no room for “bull-headed partisanship.” He is right because we need to look at things objectively. In order to develop as a nation, we must constantly display an attitude that always favours one way of feeling or acting especially without considering any other possibilities.
Ramesh needs to give the nation a chance to evolve without attacking everything that the government proposes just because he is not a part of it.