Monday February 9, 2009 – The Constitutional Reform Commission is
inviting individuals and civil society organizations to document recommendations
Groups and individuals are asked to submit memoranda clearly articulating
recommendations for change, and the rationale and support for these
Representative of the Constitutional Reform Commission, Veronica Cenac said,
“this exercise is taking place against the backdrop of several other pressing
issues—the economic downturn, for example; in a sense it has taken its place in
the order of things. It certainly is not a priority for most persons, but there
has been in general, a good level of attention. In the community meetings, we
could have had more persons there, but I think that we got a lot of essence, and
a lot of important information.”
Upon receipt of the recommendations, persons will be invited to make oral
presentations to the Commission, and will be given the opportunity to debate
The deadline for submissions is March 6, 2009, and presentations will be made on
Tuesday March 17th, Thursday March 19th, and Friday March 20th.
As part of the final day's presentation, members of the public who have not
submitted papers, but wish to make oral presentations before the commission,
will be given an opportunity to be heard.
“This activity really is part of the Commission’s work to generate a greater
level of interest. We are coming down to the time when we have to report to the
Parliament of Saint Lucia. The commission is a non-partisan organization and it
was approved by the entire parliament—both the government at the time, and the
opposition. The original construction of the Constitutional Reform Commission
remained, even after the change of government,” said Cenac.
In keeping with the terms of reference, the commission, at the end of the
consultative process, will sit and compile all information received into a list
of recommendations, to be presented to Parliament later this year.