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Parties urged to put differences aside

NATASHA BECKLES, [email protected]

Parties urged to put differences aside

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ST GEORGE’S (CMC) – Political parties are being urged to put aside their differences and be involved in initiatives that would educate Grenadians on the need to reform the existing Constitution.
“There is need to have that enabling environment for the project to achieve its goal, we cannot have an enabling environment if there is contention in the atmosphere, I therefore urge all concern to hold fire during that period,” said Dr Francis Alexis, Chairman of the Constitution Reform Advisory Committee.
Alexis, a former attorney general, said it was important for the political parties to put aside their differences during the one year exercise.
‘Don’t tell me that they are so thirsty that they can hold fire for one year. It’s only for one year, so cease fire.
“In the end, it’s not the Committee who will decide but the people who will vote in the referendum and (who) can only make the best choice when they have a good understanding about the entire issue,” he said.
Alexis is chairing the Committee that comprises representatives from the two major political parties, the legal fraternity, the church and business communities as well as youth.
It has embarked on a series of public consultations and and Alexis said it is possible that on any given night, there can be two consultations taking place at different venues.
Governor General Dame Cecile La Grenade delivering the traditional Throne speech earlier this year said that constitutional reform was a major priority of the Keith Mitchell government that has been in office for a year.