The final report on proposed constitutional reform that will guide a new political culture in Guyana has been completed.
The report was handed over to Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo yesterday
morning by the steering committee which was established to define the scope of the actual reform process, and formulate the terms of reference and mechanisms for consultation to establish a Constitution Reform Commission.
Convenor of the steering committee, prominent attorney at law Nigel Hughes, in handing over the document to the Prime Minister, paid tribute to two members that the committee lost along the way, as a result of their sudden deaths – Professor Sheldon McDonald and Haslyn Parris.
“Both of their contribution has been invaluable, and I want to salute them and thank them for it, as well as to acknowledge their contribution,” Hughes said.
As it relates to the final report, itself, though, Hughes explained that he was not at liberty to disclose its actual content. He, however, said that the committee has submitted to the Prime Minister what he considers to be “the framework of the pathway for the constitutional reform commission,” which, he hopes will be established shortly.
Meanwhile, in receiving the report, in addition to expressing his profound gratitude to the steering committee, Prime Minister Nagamootoo also paid tribute to the members of the committee, who passed.
“This remit was to be able to give us a direction, the scope within which the constitutional reform process should take place,” the PM said, re-stating the goal of the establishment of the committee and completion of the report.
He reminded that the coalition government had placed high on its agenda the issue of constitutional reform, and expressed the hope that the guidance contained in the final report would be able to give the government “enough time and space” in which it can achieve the areas identified as those for reform and changing in the constitution.
“Today, I am going to try to read this (the report) and see what I would be able to do to take it forward; first to the Cabinet and then we would announce the further stages in the process,” the PM said.
A six–member Steering Committee on Constitutional Reform (SCCR) was established by the Prime Minister in August 2015, with Hughes as the Convenor.
The SCCR began work on September 1, with a view to completing its work on December 31. The committee met the deadline by presenting to the Prime Minister the interim report. A final report should have been presented at the end of March; however, this was delayed as a result of the sudden death of the Committee member, Mr. Parris in March.
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