Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : June 8th 2015 Contents A11
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Monday, June 8, 2015
Former attorney general Ramesh
Lawrence Maharaj has vowed to
team up with opposition parties to
take the Government to court
should they bring the controversial
runoff provision back to the House
Maharaj said if the Opposition
wanted him to assist in putting
together a team of local and Lon-
don-based lawyers to have the
runoff provision in the Constitution
(Amendment) Bill dealt with before
the June 17 dissolution of Parlia-
ment, he would do so.
If Government uses its majority
in the House to amend the bill,
Maharaj said, they could be taken
to court for denying individuals the
protection of law and the right to
vote for other political parties.
"This is in effect telling the coun-
try that a Government can use an
election and Parliament to promote
a political party and get more votes,"
Maharaj said of the People s Part-
nership s recent intent to bring the
bill back to the House.
He said Government ought not
to proceed with the provision, which
was delayed for eight months after
it was initially introduced last year.
"I think the Government was
thinking not to proceed with the
bill. They were thinking that they
would have struck a deal with the
MSJ or ILP. They are now seeing
that a deal is not possible."
Maharaj spoke to reporters on the
issue after addressing a law con-
ference hosted by the T&T Legal
Network at the Hugh Wooding Law
School, St Augustine, on Saturday.
He said Government was yet to hold
public consultation on the bill,
which they promised to do.
Maharaj drew reference to the St
Kitts government, which wanted to
change the electoral boundaries on
the eve of its last election and went
to "parliament to use its majority
to approve an order and get procla-
In February, Maharaj said, an
election date was announced. He
said an injunction was filed against
the move and when the matter came
up in the Privy Council, the Kittitian
government was prevented from
taking such action.
"It is my view that this Govern-
ment will be acting unconstitution-
ally, unlawfully and in total disregard
of the sentiments of the judgment
of the Privy Council in the St Kitts
case and the Government would be
inviting a challenge to that law."
Maharaj said the opposition par-
ties would be entitled to get an
injunction and take the matter
before the Privy Council.
"The question that would arise
is would it be heard in time through
the three layers of the courts before
the matter is determined."
If the local courts were unable to
hear the matter in time, Maharaj
said, the Privy Council could exer-
cise its jurisdiction.
"I do not see the Government
succeeding to carry out this runoff
provision. I see the High Court,
Court of Appeal and Privy Council
intervening to stop it on the basis
of the St Kitts case," Maharaj said.
Political analyst Maukesh Basdeo,
however, says the bill will eventually
Basdeo said though the bill was
on the Order Paper, "it will die a
natural death. I would agree that
time is against them. I think there
has been so much controversy sur-
rounding the provision, I don t think
they will bring it or pass the amend-
He said the forthcoming general
election will have to be contested
on the "first-past-the-post sys-
Leader of Government Business
Dr Roodal Moonilal did not respond
to questions sent to him about the
to fight runoff bill
My name is Giselle Williams
and I sell fancy ales at a high-end
I was born, raised and grew
up in Laventille. It was very
ADVENTUROUS. And eventful.
Every day there was something to
look forward for. I still reside there.
I spent most of my life living
with my mother and large
extended family. I lost my grand-
mother two years ago. But it wasn t
hard. I wasn t really close to her.
My family are fun, outspoken. If
we have a little family drama, we
all reconnect like nothing ever hap-
I've always dreamt of having
a family of myself one day. A
really large family, lots of
kids...cause I just love kids.
I attended Our Lady of
Laventille RC School, (then)
Mucurapo Junior Secondary
School then went on to Mucu-
rapo Senior Secondary School.
I m currently furthering my studies
at School of Business and Com-
People outside Laventille
view the area as being a hot
spot' but I never felt unsafe
growing up. Because I was
ignorant. It varies whether I
feel safe at home now. There
are times when the environment
can become very violent and then
there are times when it s like living
in an upscale area. I ve heard peo-
ple from outside say it but I ve
never seen men with guns in their
waistbands during the daytime.
Whether or not I feel close
to my Moms depends. On a
good day, yes! And, on a bad
On my weekend off, I usually
catch up with family, friends
and relaxation. I do read and my
favourite is novels. My best book
I ever read was 50 Shades of Gray.
My best movie is entitled the Twi-
If I could eat only one thing
for the rest of my life, I would
definitely want KFC! LOL.
I am a sales associate. I got
into the field through... Well,
let's just say I know someone
that knows someone.
A typical workday for me is
having the ability to interact
with customers and see to it
that they are most contented
and understanding in what
they are purchasing. So basically
it s exciting and very motivating.
The best part of my job only
happens when we do the wine-
tasting for promotions. The
worst part is when there is a slow
day for the company and I have
to sit around and simply create
work ethics out of boredom. So,
in other words, regaining zeal on
a slow day, that s what makes it
When I have a bad hair day,
it gets me down. LOL. I think
all ladies can relate to that.
Even though most of the
time I see a bright future, I
sometimes worry about what
would my life be like. But, at
times, I feel I have everything fig-
ured out. I worry a bit because,
well, you know the term expect
When I'm not in sweet T&T,
I miss the freedom to do what
A Trini is very spontaneous,
outspoken, fun and, most of
all, mysterious. Never a dull
moment with us.
Trinidad and Tobago is a
place I will always call home,
its not just an island of 1.3 mil-
lion but it's a place where the
people are free, happy...they
are full of humour and enthu-
siasm. It s also a place I will lift
my head up high and boast to any-
one that my land is a place of char-
acter and principles.
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feature at www.BCRaw.com
TRINI TO D' BONE
Glamorous ales require a glamorous salesperson: Giselle Williams fits
the bill and the till.
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