In Guyana, constitutional reform commission bill passes despite opposition walk-out

By Anna C, 10 November 2022
Flag of Guyana (photo credit: pixabay)
Flag of Guyana (photo credit: pixabay)
Opposition legislators in Guyana [...] walked out of the National Assembly after the Speaker, Manzoor Nadir, shot down an attempt by Opposition Leader, Aubrey Norton, to seek parliamentary approval for a motion allowing for constitutional and legal amendments so as to ensure a clean voters list. […] Following the ruling, the opposition members of the coalition, A Partnership for National Unity+ Alliance For Change (APNU+AFC) walked out of the building not staying for the debate on several pieces of legislation including the one that establishes the Constitutional Reform Commission (CRC). […] In the absence of the opposition, Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs, Anil Nandlall SC, moved the second reading of the Constitutional Reform Commission Bill 2022 indicating that constitutional reform is a fundamental process for an evolving society that requires widespread participation- from the country’s political leadership but also the general citizenry. He told legislators that constitutional reform has been a “platform promise” of all political parties that contested the 2020 Regional and General elections. […] Norton later defended the decision to stage the walk-out saying the government had refused debate on the voters list motion, high cost of living, increasing poverty, alleged corruption by Vice President Bharrat Jagdeo, and several other motions.
Read the full article here: New York CaribNews


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