PM calls for revision of Constitution

first_img Share LocalNews PM calls for revision of Constitution by: – September 27, 2013 39 Views   8 comments Share Sharing is caring!center_img Tweet Share Prime Minister, Roosevelt SkerritPrime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit has called for a review of the country’s Constitution to allow Dominicans residing in the diaspora the opportunity to be nominated and accepted in public office. He made that announcement at the official opening of Dominica’s 35th anniversary of Independence on Friday evening on the Dame Eugenia Charles Boulevard. “Another issue is the challenges which we normally have before the courts in respect to dual citizenship to be a representative in the Parliament of Dominica”.“I believe at 35 years we must critically examine our Constitution and see where we need to make certain constitutional amendments to foster a better way of live for our people of Dominica,” Mr Skerrit said. It was announced on Thursday that former permanent secretary; Mrs. Jenifer Wallace- Lafond withdrew her initial acceptance of the nomination for president, as a result of “personal issues confronting her”.However, the Opposition United Workers Party, although they “were minded” to agree to her nomination, were concerned that she may have dual citizenship, which the Constitution does not allow for and they would not support.Mr Skerrit noted that Dominicans who are prepared to make a political contribution to Dominica should be given the opportunity to do so despite their citizenship status. “With so many of our bright people living in North America, for example, to say that because they are an American citizen, still maintaining their Dominican citizenship, that they should not be allowed to contest elections in Dominica or be part of public administration in Dominica is unfortunate,” he said. The Prime Minister noted that the ambiguity in the Constitution in respect to persons with dual citizenship particularly from North America must be revised. He indicated that there exists a vast reservoir of talent among Dominican and citizens who are prepared to come forward and make a contribution.These citizens, he said, should “not be expected to give up everything they have worked hard for in the United States of America just to come back to make a contribution,” the Prime Minister said. Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more