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St Kitts-Nevis opposition may challenge validity of recently passed legislation
Published on August 28, 2014 Email To Friend    Print Version

By Ken Richards

BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- Opposition alliance Team Unity has served notice that it is considering going to court to test the validity of Bills passed in the St Kitts and nevis Parliament by the Denzil Douglas administration on August 18.

According to the official opposition, these Bills were passed in the House without the requisite three-fifths support of members of parliament.

The opposition MPs, who continue to press for the tabling of a now 20-month-old motion of no confidence, walked out of Parliament in protest during the August 18 session.

They cite the three-fifths requirement as a measure provided for under Section 41 of the Constitution.

Team Unity leader Dr Timothy Harris
Team Unity leader Dr Timothy Harris said the governing Labour Party did not get the required support on its parliamentary measures during the recent sitting of the House.

"The specific strategy that we were going to bring to the awareness of the Speaker, that what was happening there was irregular and not the norm, and we by calling for the division was to force recognition of the fact that the majority of the elected MPs are on the opposition side. The government has no right to be proposing legislation," Harris said.

"We also put on notice, the particular Section of the Constitution 41.2, which says... Bills will be invalidated if they do not have the requisite support. So we have placed the Speaker and the country on notice that the mockery that is happening there, will not stand,” he continued.

Opposition MPs called for the votes in Parliament during the first reading of several Bills to be recorded individually.

They contend that this provides them with the evidentiary basis to consider legal options.

In addition to the Bills approved, government received parliamentary approval under the Finance Administration Act to borrow over half a billion dollars to meet current requirements.

Douglas read the relevant resolutions in the National Assembly seeking approval for advances, loans and loan guarantees totaling EC$541 million.

Republished with permission of West Indies News Network
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