By Aaron Humes: As the Eleventh Amendment to the Constitution concerning disqualifications for membership in the House of Representatives is taken for broad, popular consultation, the United Democratic Party has taken no position on it.
That is the view of party leader Patrick Faber despite the public stance of leader of the Opposition in the House of Representatives, Moses “Shyne” Barrow, who personally believes he is its target.
The new amendment extends and effectively makes retroactive, according to Barrow, disqualification for anyone convicted of a crime anywhere in the world, for election to the House. Previously, it was limited to crimes in the Commonwealth drawing a death sentence, or a sentence of at least a year, suspended or not.
Faber told reporters the party needs to reach internal consensus on the issue before taking a position: “There is a 90-day mandatory waiting period that allows us to do consultation; as the leader of this party, I intend to consult fully with the membership of the party; what mechanisms I will use I can’t fully say just yet, but it will be based on such consultations that I will determine what the party’s position is, and once that position has been declared, that will be my position.”
Faber added that he was “not thrilled” that Barrow suggested his own personal position is that of the UDP as a whole; even if fellow parliamentarians agree with him, a majority of the party has to agree as well and in Faber’s words, it needs to be put to a test.
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