Saturday, December 16, 2017

Delay this bill now

Thanks to Linus F Didier (Adding up those figures, Express, August 14) for his enlightening hypothesis that run-off voting could impact the election dynamics negatively as the overall winner in constituency X, could garner less votes in the run-off than in the initial election, with lower voter turnout the second time around.

But there’s another sinister side to run-off voting gleaned from the Constitution gurus. With political parties jostling to control the Treasury, run-off voting could very well degenerate into a racial/partisan battlefield, with unprecedented badgering. And too, run-off voting conflicts with proportional representation which was touted as the way forward in the recently concluded local government election.

Run off voting on the other hand seeks to disenfranchise minority parities and their supporters. As an ordinary citizen, there are many unanswered questions and ambiguities regarding the proposed changes. I hope the Independent senators accede to widespread call for deeper public consultation and move to delay passage of the bill on August 26, 2014.

RP Joseph

San Fernando