Team appointed to oversee public consultation on Constitutional Reform

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Team appointed to oversee public consultation on Constitutional Reform

The Cabinet has approved the appointment of a seven-member advisory committee to formulate terms of reference for a National Consultation on Constitutional Reform for Trinidad and Tobago.

According to a release from the Office of the Prime Minister, the committee will engage citizens and stakeholders in Trinidad and Tobago and the diaspora in a National Consultation.

Prime Minister Keith Rowley made the announcement at the Post-Cabinet Media Briefing held at Whitehall Thursday 18th January, 2024.

The Advisory Committee will comprise of:
Mr. Barendra Sinanan (Chairman)
Dr. Terrence Farrell
Mr. Raye Sandy
Ms. Jacqueline Sampson Meiguel
Mr. Winston Rudder
Mr. Nizam Mohammed
Ms. Hema Narinesingh

The National Advisory Committee shall consider and make recommendations to the Cabinet within three months of its appointment for the promotion and convening of a National Constitutional Conference and Consultation in June 2024.

The Committee shall incorporate and outline the parameters of the subject matter for national debate and for the engagement of the widest cross-section of persons and bodies representing the citizenry, including the diaspora, political parties, NGOs, commercial interests, religious interests, labour/trade union interests, educators and students, to promote meaningful consultations, debate and engagement in the offering and exchange of opinions and the making of recommendations for constitutional reform for Trinidad and Tobago.

The Committee will also be required to initiate, consult widely, and guide the national debate towards the generation of a package of ideas and opinions which can be distilled into a working document which will become the working document for a Constitution Conference by mid-2024. This national participatory exercise is expected to generate specific proposals for legislative and other adjustments and introductions which will almost certainly invite Parliamentary notice and relevant action.