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Fixed-date debate

Fixed-date debate Dr George Belle

By BARRY ALLEYNE | Mon, January 21, 2013 - 12:09 AM

TWO OF BARBADOS’ noted political scientists are on opposite sides of the fence when it comes to Barbados ever having a fixed date for general elections.

For Dr George Belle, it’s a case of if it isn’t broke, then don’t fix it.

For Peter Wickham, it’s an entirely reasonable concept which he supports.

The case for Barbados having a fixed election date or even setting political terms for the head of Government has risen again because Prime Minister Freundel Stuart is yet to deliver an election date to the people, even though his first-time Government’s five-year tenure effectively concluded January 15.

The Opposition Barbados Labour Party (BLP) continues to press Stuart to call the election, and went as far as boycotting Parliament last week.


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Posted by James Sealy 1 year, 9 months ago
Has the term concluded? Last year we were hearing that elections are "constitutionally due" between March and April. If this is the case then the PM has not broken any law nor has he violated the constitution. As a matter of fact our political parties have upheld and protected the constitution through the years and I believe that they will continue to do so.

We need to stop trying to work the public into a frenzy over this matter because it is not democracy at work.I am concerned that we will pay a terrible price in the long run just because someone wants short term political gain.

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Posted by J. Payne 1 year, 9 months ago
How would fixed elections date if government can still lose a vote of confidence motion? Let's say it is 2.5 years into a ruling party's reign, and they lose a vote of no confidence motion. The government is force to go back to the polls and now you would have upset the "fixed date" unless you're only going to give the new government formed after the election in order to remain on the pre determined fixed dates. I think if something is really- that serious in terms of election dates, then the ruling party should be brought to court by the opposition and let the Supreme Court decide on whether the rules of the Constitution have been breached. I honestly don't see how fixed dates will help. In America they have fixed dates but it is almost unheard of to impeach the president. If that is done the Vice President automatically assumes the post of President to serve out the remainder of the time since President was impeached and new V.P. is chosen. So Barbados would be looking at (again) Constitutional reform to spell out that a new formalised "Deputy Prime Minister" post would undergo such a situation with automatic appointment and so on. Not just an informal understanding that Deputy Prime Minister ad hoc chosen by the party gets determined and appointed.

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