In Barbados, prime minister proposes amendment to lower minimum age of senators

By Katrina King, 27 January 2022
Flag of Barbados (photo credit: Flagz Group Limited)
Flag of Barbados (photo credit: Flagz Group Limited)
While announcing the new faces that will comprise the Cabinet, Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley proposed an amendment to the constitution to facilitate the appointment of Barbados' youngest senator - 18-year-old Khaleel Kothdiwala. "If you are old enough to vote then you must be old enough to serve," remarked Prime Minister Mottley as she addressed the nation on Monday, January 24. Prime Minister Mottley stated she was fulfilling her election promise to engage Barbadian youth, bringing them "into the centre of governance and national self-determination". "It is in my view and an anomaly that a person who is 18 years old in Barbados has the right to vote but they do not have the capacity to serve in the senate of our nation. It is, therefore, my intention to correct this by asking the Cabinet to agree and Parliament thereafter to bring a constitutional amendment to allow an 18-year-old to serve in the Senate of Barbados for the first time," Mottley said.
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