01 October 2013

Turks & Caicos Islands to conduct review of the constitution

TCI Weekly News

UNANIMOUS support was registered in the House of Assembly on Thursday (September 19) for the Premier’s motion for a parliamentary select committee to be established to review the 2011 Constitution. 

A seven member committee will be established with two appointees from the Government and Opposition sides each and the remaining three from outside of the House.

The Speaker will appoint the Secretary of the committee and all of these members will work together with community-based members.

They will review the working of the 2011 Constitution and record and report findings to House within six months. 

Premier Rufus Ewing in presenting the resolution to the House noted that even though the people of the TCI had an opportunity to give input to the 2011 Constitution, their input was not incorporated. 

He restated his position that the constitution is not in the best interest of the TCI people and is violation of human rights under the United Nation Charter, chapter 27.