Saturday, September 12, 2015

Time to move on Mrs. Kamla Persad Bissessar; united and together for the elections are over

The All Trinidad General Workers’ Trade Union and The National Solidarity Assembly is calling on the Former Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, Ms. Kamla Persad Bissessar to accept, precedent as all other Prime Minister’s would have done before her and also honour the results of the General Elections of 2015. We are also calling on the Former Prime Minister to cease and desist from pursuing a frivolous and vexatious court action and allow the nation to move on with a change of Government with peaceful transition, especially in light of the fact that the PNM did not only win the 23 seats but also won the popular vote.

The Former Prime Minister seems to be unable to grasp that the Constitution of Trinidad and Tobago is the supreme law of the land and will over-ride any subsidiary piece of legislation passed by Parliament. It is a concept in which is implied, that in a subsidiary piece of legislation nothing could be theoretically incompatible or inconsistent with the Constitution. The Constitution gives the Elections and Boundaries Commission (EBC) the unfettered right to conduct e
lections and ensure citizens have the right to vote and do what is necessary to ensure that right. 

Section 71(8) of the Constitution of Trinidad and Tobago gives the Commission the right to regulate its own procedure and Section 71 (12) also indicates that the Commission shall not be subject to the direction or control of any other person or authority. 

The Former Prime Minister must be careful not to engage in any action that will further inflict a feeling of indignity on her own supporters, further heightened as she did on election night by the total disdain and contempt faced by UNC Supporters when she failed to show up to address, motivate and comfort her supporters in their darkest hour and in their greatness despair. It was indeed the final insult to her supporters who waited in vain for their Leader to show, but to no avail. 

The country must move on, united and together for the elections are over.

Yours sincerely,

Nirvan Maharaj (Attorney at Law)
President General (ATGWTU)
Political Leader (NSA)
3rd Vice President (NATUC)

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