Elections bill debate continues

Elections Bill

An amendment to the elections bill drew heated debate during a recent Senate meeting.

The debate over the Elections Amendment Bill continued at a recent sitting of the Senate.

The bills to be debated included the Plan of Arrangement for British American Insurance Company (BAICO), and an elections amendment.

Similar to the House of Assembly sitting which took place on Feb. 7, the Elections Amendment Bill drew heated debate during the Senate meeting.

Sen. Hon. Dr. Ubaldus Raymond, Minister in the Ministry of Finance, said the amendment has roused public interest.

This has to do with the threat of our freedom as far as religion is concerned,”  he said. “Ever since the House met and presented this bill there are thousands of people in Saint Lucia who are very excited about it. As a small Christian nation, people take their religion very seriously.”

Sen. Hon. Fortuna Belrose, Minister for Local Government and Culture, also made an avowal for the bill.

“I want to add my support to the election amendment. It is a simple matter and one of respect. I’m happy to be associated with this bill because I believe it underpins this government’s intention. As leaders we must learn to respect each other. This [bill] is all about respecting the fundamental right of an individual’s freedom.”

The sitting of the Senate took place on Feb. 28.