House of Representatives


Private Motion: Joint Select Committee – Constitution Reform

House of Representatives - 1st Session - 8th Republican Parliament

WHEREAS more than twenty-six years elapsed since the coming into operation of our Republican Constitution (1976);

AND WHEREAS during the said twenty-six years many circumstances have arisen highlighting deficiencies in the Constitution and calling into question the adequacy and/or relevance of many of the provisions thereof;

AND WHEREAS there is urgent need to redress the inequity and divisiveness inherent in our first-past-the-post electoral system in a plural society such as ours and which have manifestly militated against the development of a truly cohesive and inclusive society;

AND WHEREAS to date there have been several previous Constitution Commissions which have already reported on constitutional reform;

AND WHEREAS there have been widespread public calls for constitutional reform to include inter alia, electoral reform, political reform and parliamentary reform;

BE IT RESOLVED that a Joint Select Committee of Parliament be established to make recommendations for urgent reform of the Constitution of Trinidad and Tobago and be mandated to receive and consider comments from the public on constitutional reform;

AND BE IT RESOLVED that a non-partisan technical team be established by Government in consultation with the Opposition to assist the Joint Select Committee;

AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the said Joint Select Committee report to Parliament within one year of its first sitting.

(By the Member for Siparia)

24 Jan 2003
House Debate - Day 1Hansard
2 speakersShow Speakers
1.The Honourable Kamla Persad-Bissessar SC [Siparia] [Opposition Member]
2.The Honourable Camille Robinson-Regis [Arouca South] [Minister of Legal Affairs]
28 Mar 2003
House Debate - Day 2Hansard
4 speakersShow Speakers
1.The Honourable Camille Robinson-Regis [Arouca South] [Minister of Legal Affairs]
2.Senator the Honourable Subhas Panday [Princes Town] [Opposition Member]
3.The Honourable Fitzgerald Hinds [Laventille East/Morvant] [Government Member]
4. Dr. Roodal Moonilal [Oropouche] [Opposition Member]