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To: THE CITIZENS OF TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO
REFERENDUM TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO
This year the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago celebrated 60 years as a SOVEREIGN Independent nation. GOVERNMENTS, past and present, are aware that the CONSTITUTION requires REFORM and this view is supported by the population. The discussion about constitutional reform has been an ongoing topic for over 25 years, yet it remains without change. Why do you ask? Because no past or present government was in a position to get the required Parliamentary support to pass legislation for constitutional reform.
GOVERNMENTS, past and present, are aware that wrong or bad decisions have been made by elected officials which caused unnecessary hardship and this affected the well-being of the citizens. In order to provide the citizens of the Republic with an option to express their dissatisfaction with those decisions and call on the government for change, be it resolved, that once Five Hundred Thousand (500,000) nationals support this Verified Petition for National Referendum, the Government and Opposition (41 elected members) of Parliament without unjust delay, must prepare the required legislation which must be laid in both houses of Parliament within 60 days for debate
. “THE REFERENDUM LAW 2023”
and once passed by both houses the said law shall be proclaimed and included in the 1976 Constitution.
The inclusion of a referendum in the 1976 constitution will respect, the first Prime Minister's detailed views of democracy as outlined in his address to the nation on August 31, 1962.
Why is this important?
Trinidad and Tobago’s DEMOCRACY is supported by a Constitution, which establishes in chapter one eleven (11) rights for the protection of every citizen. The PRINCIPLE of one man, one vote has and continues to be supported by the citizens. However, EXECUTIVE DECISIONS for the country’s day-to-day operations are placed in the hands of the Prime Minister who has the ultimate power and whenever a simple Parliamentary majority vote is required for passing legislation as outlined in the 1976 Constitution, even, if that decision is to the detriment of the citizens of Trinidad and Tobago, the Prime Minister has the final say. A new law supporting referendum ensures that whenever any citizen or civic group becomes concerned or questions that National or Parliamentary policy or decision that impacts the citizen's well-being a national petition can be launched and once this petition is supported by 20% of the registered voters and independently AUDITED those results will be presented to the 41 members of parliament as a Verified Petition. The verified petition presented by the citizens or civic group to the elected MP’s will be laid in the Parliament of Trinidad and Tobago as a BILL for debate by both houses.
How it will be delivered
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