Monday, February 19, 2018

PNM, Ramesh to appeal in court

The People’s National Movement (PNM) will mount a legal challenge against the Constitution (Amendment) Bill 2014, former Senator Fitzgerald Hinds said yesterday. He was speaking on behalf of the Opposition Leader Dr Keith Rowley at the Diego Martin Central 25th annual conference at the St Michael’s Parish Hall, Diego Martin, yesterday.

Hinds also expressed shock that the Law Association took a position on the Bill and called on the Government to halt the debate and return to consultations with the people. According to Hinds, the run-off provision of the Bill was a tactic of the Government to remain in power.

He said Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar and the United National Congress (UNC) realised that they have to change the game after the PNM delivered “licks like rain” at the Tobago House of Assembly (THA) Election, the Local Government elections and the St Joseph by-election.

Hinds said the people of this country are fed up with this Government, “the people cannot wait to see the back of them so she knows what’s coming down the tube, so she has to change that,” said Hinds.

Former attorney general Ramesh Lawrence Maharaj had also indicated that he intends to go to court to have the Constitution (Amendment) Bill 2014 declared unconstitutional.