U.D.P. Manifestos flip flop on 13th Senator
In its 2008 manifesto, United Democratic Party promised to increase the twelve member senate to thirteen members. The additional seat would include a representative from a non-governmental organization and Greg Ch’oc was selected by the NGOs. But when it took office in 2008, the U.D.P. did not enforce the appointment of the thirteenth senator. The U.D.P. is now seeking a second term in office and Prime Minister Dean Barrow says that if re-elected, the Senate will still not be expanded.
“In fact we went very far with our reforms. We provided for the People’s Referendum to be moved. We provided the recall mechanisms for elected officials. We provided for prosecution and criminal penalties for breaches of the finance and audit reform act. We did not, it is quite true, proceed with the implementation of that aspect of the reform agenda that would have given the thirteenth senator. I said at the time that the experience in government convinced us that to have implemented that thirteenth senator proposal would have introduced a formula for paralysis. We saw what happened in the U.S, we saw the grid-lock….we have therefore withdrawn that from consideration and to say that you that in all honesty that a re-elected U.D.P. government will not proceed with that proposal.”Email This Story