What ‘voice of the people’?
My intention is not to cast aspersions upon the decision of the three Independent senators who found it prudent to support the Constitution (Amendment) Bill, involving significant changes to the supreme law of the land...in particular, the inclusion of the highly controversial run-off amendment which debilitates our well-established first-past-the-post, electoral process.
It is my intention however to highlight the total disregard for the prevailing sentiment of the citizens of Trinidad and Tobago, that these proposals which were hastily tabled and shrouded in secrecy, at a minimum, demanded proper consultation with “we the people” directly affected by such proposals.
Underpinning the sense of unease, is the very public rejection of the run-off proposal included, via an addendum marked confidential, and for the PM’s eyes only expressed by no less than two of the commissioners, (Dr Hodge and Mr Dillon) intimately involved in the Constitution reform consultation process, who maintain, they were never privy to this critical addition.
The passing of the Constitution (Amendment) Bill in the Upper House demonstrates that the oft used words by the PM vox populi, vox Dei, the “voice of the people is the voice of God” in this instance, has been nothing more than a poetic expression.