'Revise Constitution now'
POLITICAL Leader of the Congress of the People Prakash Ramadhar says the time has come to revisit the Constitution so that future generations will be able to successfully confront the challenges ahead.
"As a growing democracy 36 years later, there is need to revisit the Constitution, with the expressed intent of deepening our democratic systems as we aim to move rapidly towards developed-nation governance," he said.
Ramadhar made the remark in his statement to the nation on the occasion of Trinidad and Tobago's 36th Republic Day.
He said while this country has accomplished much in the 50 years of being an independent nation, there was still a lot more to be done and our constitution actually provides us with the ability to chart our own destiny.
"An immediate revision of our Constitution facilitating a higher level of participatory governance, among other objectives, is very timely. Government of the people, by the people, for the people must be practised at the widest possible level," he said.
Ramadhar added, "Our political leadership is well advised to move away from raw electoral politics in favour of a system of progressive democracy, where values such as trust, honesty, accountability, transparency, mutual respect honour, and dignity are the norms."
"Every patriot of our nation aches for this."
Ramadhar further added that the People's Partnership's manner in dealing with the recent Section 34 controversy was "very instructive" of a government ready to move forward, and promised "from here on, no wrongdoing shall be condoned".
"Public office is a sacred duty and personal agendas are grave sins," he said.