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Senator Franklyn objection forces separate vote for President


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Senator Franklyn objection forces separate vote for President

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Senator Caswell Franklyn objected to procedure for the election of Dame Sandra Mason as the first president of Barbados, forcing a separate vote of the House of Assembly and the Senate to confirm her in the position.

This will be done via secret ballot.

The two Houses of Parliament are meeting on Wednesday at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre to lay the stepping stone for Barbados to become a republic and having its first local head of state.

Had there been no objection, Dame Sandra would have been declared the duly elected and first President of Barbados as dictated by Section 14 of the Constitution.

Franklyn left the sitting during the Senate vote.

More details to come. (Nation News)