THE EDITOR, Sir:
There are so many things that are wrong with our Constitution. But the events of Tuesday afternoon in the House of Representatives have brought home forcibly to us that the section that deals with voting and signing off on issues impacting the people of Jamaica needs serious and urgent amendment.
How can we truly say we are in a democratic country when our Constitution allows for one arm of Parliament to endorse matters that have far-reaching implications for our nation?
I was so alarmed when I heard the question asked about quorum - a rhetorical question based on the composition of the Parliament at that time, and the expected confirmation and yes - the 'ayes' had it. Quorum should not only involve a particular number, but that number should also represent both arms of our Parliament.
Don't get me wrong, I am aware of the political gamesmanship that can result with this amendment. But I am giving the benefit of the doubt to the people that we have selected to represent us in Parliament to be responsible and to represent the interests of our country, and not their political interests.
We cannot continue to operate as we did 50 years ago. Let us demand that the amendment of our Constitution be given the priority it deserves.
PAT WILLIAMS BIGNALL