Serious questions for a reconvening of Parliament

first_imgDear Editor,Our 11th Parliament may best be at an end whatever the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) may yet rule on the majority that would have been required for the successful passage of the No-Confidence Motion (NCM) last December. A number of potentially difficult questions are now before us beyond the question of the majority required. We may be in a puddle that is of our Government’s own making.The coalition Government raised two questions on whether the vote of Charrandas should even have been recognised (which would have left the vote as a tie, 32-32, and the NCM not carried). On the question of dual citizenship, in my understanding of a not learned fellow, the Chief Justice’s (CJ) ruling which I understand still stands – the CJ ruled that persons with dual citizenship should not have been eligible to be on nomination lists, should not have been selected and should not be sitting in Parliament. However, being there and to that time not knowing, Mr Charrandas’s vote was valid when cast, but would not be valid at any subsequent voting.With respect to dual citizens now in our Parliament, I understand that before the CJ’s ruling there was no thinking that their continued sitting could have been challenged. They could have been removed by petition from the opposing side, but within six months of becoming an MP – that time is long gone. Now, it may at first seem that they can be removed only by their own resignation or by the representative of their List notifying the Speaker of the party’s withdrawal and replacement of such dual citizens. Even so, we must sense now, strong moral questions before the dual citizen MPs themselves, but not only them, before their leaders and the representatives of their Lists also.However, there is now the CJ’s recent declaration and it being acted upon – enforced.Further, my understanding of the CJ’s rulings raises questions, now that we all know, whether the vote of a dual citizen continuing to sit in Parliament should hereafter be counted.Editor, fellow citizens have raised in their letters, the question of whether we Guyanese being what we are, should not find certain years of residency sufficient and ignore dual citizenship? A good question but one if widely enough accepted is a question for the next or the next after Parliament, where a coming together for a two-thirds majority in Parliament might suffice.Meetings, sometimes of bodies and minds, cannot be escaped.Yours truly,Samuel AA HindsFormer President andformer Prime Ministerlast_img read more

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NAMED: 14 DONEGAL SCHOOLS ADDED TO SUMMER WORKS SCHEME

first_imgLABOUR Senator Jimmy Harte has welcomed the announcement that 14 Donegal schools are to be added to the summer works programme.The funding will include repairs such as the fixing of windows and roofs.The full list of Donegal schools is –Gartan N S Gartan –  ToiletsSt Oran’s N S Buncrana –  RoofsSn An Leinbh Iosa Coxtown –  ToiletsGlebe N S, The Glebe, Donegal –  RoofsScoil Naomh Chaitriona Ballyshannon –  RoofsS N Muire Gan Smal, Clochar Loreto, Leitir Ceannain –  RoofsScoil Mhuire, An Craosloch, Letterkenny –  RoofsScoil Aodh Rua & Nuala, Donegal Town –   ToiletsScoil Mhuire Secondary School, St. Orans Road, Buncrana  – RoofsSt Columba’s College Stranorlar –  RoofsDeele College Raphoe –  RoofsSt Columba’s Comprehensive School Glenties  – RoofsThe Royal And Prior School Raphoe  – WindowsPobalscoil Chloich Cheannfhaola An Fálcarrach – Roofs NAMED: 14 DONEGAL SCHOOLS ADDED TO SUMMER WORKS SCHEME was last modified: May 11th, 2011 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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