Dr. Denzil Douglas led St.Kitts-Nevis Opposition are again absent from parliament as the historic Two Term Limits for Prime Minister is being debated. The Opposition is being blasted for their no-show at the closing of the debates. The fact that the members are all receiving parliamentary compensation which is paid for by taxpayers and are not fulfilling their parliamentary duties have sparked some outrage among citizens. A number of Citizens are leading a call for the Parliamentary compensation or payment be withheld from the opposition members who have failed to satisfy their basic duties as parliamentarians in the National Assembly especially on such a historic bill.
PRime Minister Dr. Hon. Timothy Harris ‘ who is the mover of the Bill, stated that the tabling of this piece of legislation is fundamental to the good governance agenda which the people of St. Kitts and Nevis voted for in February 2015.
“We are bringing the Bill in keeping with the transformational agenda that gave birth to Team Unity and it is that transformational agenda that has kept Team Unity safely and securely together for nigh these five years. That transformational agenda of good governance and prosperity for all received the full endorsement of an electorate that was convinced that the former administration had outlived its useful life and was out of touch with the soul of the nation, the ethos of what ought to be an evolving participatory democracy,” Prime Minister Harris added.
Dr. Harris continued by saying that establishing term limits for the holder of the Office of Prime Minister would further align St. Kitts and Nevis with international best practices.
He said, “We could look to the great United States of America, long regarded as the beacon of democracy, where there is term limits…and in their view that was healthy to participatory democracy. In their view it allowed a breath of fresh air to come into the body politic and to take America higher in its call to greatness.”
Prime Minister Harris said the Team Unity administration fulfilled its promise by bringing this landmark legislation to the National Assembly and “it is now time for the Members of Parliament to support the people by giving consent to this Bill, which is deserving of their fullest support and commendation.”