Saturday, September 28, 2013

St Joseph byelection November 4

The byelection for the St Joseph constituency will be held on November 4th - two days after the 2013 Divali celebration.

Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar made the announcement Friday in the House of Representatives, reiterating that her government is committed to the democratic principle of holding elections when they are constitutionally due.

Earlier in the sitting of the House, Speaker Wade Mark declared the St Joseph seat vacant. 

That issue first came up on September 9 when Mark declared the seat of Herbert Volney vacant, giving the former cabinet minister a 14-day window to decide if he would accept the decision or challenge it in court.

Volney first decided that he would take legal action but later stated that he would not go that route and that he would not offer himself for re-election.

In her brief statement on Friday, Persad-Bissessar noted that the declaration of the vacancy in St Joseph was the exercise of the Parliament's right of partial recall.

She said in keeping with her pledges made during the 2010 general election campaign she plans to introduce two other pieces of legislation during the current session. These are the right to recall parliamentarians and term limits for prime ministers.

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Our family at home in Toronto 2008

Our family at home in Toronto 2008
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