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St. Maarten prime minister to table proposal on political campaign reforms soon

TUESDAY, 24 SEPTEMBER 2013

PHILIPSBURG–Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams hopes to take a proposal on campaign reform to the Council of Ministers “within three weeks,” according to a statement from her Cabinet issued on Monday.

“I am looking at electoral reform in general, considering what we have been seeing for the last few years, including the changing of factions and giving up seats,” she stated, adding that she would propose the preparation of a position paper to be discussed with Parliament for consensus before the drafting of legislation.

In that same statement, she emphasised that political parties and individual politicians should be held accountable for campaign promises, based on electoral reform laws.

“It is no secret that I have been championing electoral reform, as I sincerely believe that we should avoid it being intimidating for persons to be casting their vote,” she said. “I am a proponent of a more sober voting environment, of people understanding what parties and candidates are saying to them and voters understanding what things are feasible and understandable, to hold politicians accountable for the campaign promises they make.”

The political parties, the prime minister continued, need “to be clear and as honest with the people. I am feeling dissatisfaction from persons expecting from their government the world while the world cannot be delivered for various reasons. … We should surely strive for a campaign where the electorate is informed and the message to the electorate what they can expect from their government.”

Source: The Daily Herald, St. Maarten

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