Letter to Observer on Conventions of Parliament

The Editor

The Daily Observer of Friday September 9, 2010 on Page 18 reported me as saying that whatever is recommended by the Electoral Commission is ‘rubber stamped’ by Parliament. The caption under a picture of me also used the phrase ‘rubber stamped.’ Not only have I never used the phrase ‘rubber stamp’ in reference to the Convention spoken of but the notion of Parliament being a ‘rubber stamp’ is such an unfortunate misrepresentation, gross misconstruction and colossal misunderstanding, that I cannot but set the record straight. Continue reading

Letter Editor Gleaner EAC Being Phased Out

The Editor

The Daily Gleaner

Dear Madam

On Wednesday, January 17th at the first regular Press Briefing to be held by the newly appointed Selected Members of the Electoral Advisory Committee, I was asked if we were aware of the draft National Registration Legislation. The essence of my answer was that we were aware of the Draft Legislation. The matter had been discussed in the EAC. We had great reservations about some aspects of the Legislation. We had asked Mrs. Dorothy Pine-McLarty to draft the EAC’s response. Our response would be presented to the Minister. Further, we would seek opportunity from the Clerk of the Parliament to appear at the Bar of the House to present our views. Continue reading

EAC/ECJ Conventions for the Resolution of Disagreements, Disputes, and Grievances

First with the EAC, and latterly with the ECJ, the practice emerged whereby disagreements and disputes between political parties were referred to the Selected Members for resolution. Over time the convention development whereby Nominated Members accepted the unanimous decisions of the Selected Members as final, thus making it a unanimous decision on the matters referred for resolution. Two difference conventions and procedures evolved depending on the nature of the dispute. The procedures for differences related to electoral reform were separated from disputes related to constituency boundaries which occurred in periods of General Reviews. Continue reading

Convention of the EAC/ECJ on the Location of Polling Stations

First, the EAC, followed by the ECJ, established a Convention for the Location of Polling Stations. This came about because the location of polling stations had become a contentious and controversial issue. There were instances in which supporters of one political party or another had resorted to strong-armed tactics in seeking to change the location of a polling station for one reason or another. Continue reading