Attorney Clement Joseph says it is late for Dominicans to do anything about the Amendment to the IPO
Attorney Clement Joseph says it may be a bit too late for Dominicans to do anything about the Amendment to the IPO, which he believes could conceivably allow the Administration to use their power of majority in parliament, to influencethe outcomes of cases where a member may be accused or suspected of a crime.
He says this is an eye opener. Attorney Joseph also says the move by the administration to read such a bill with such far reaching consequences three times within one day, and having it passed accordingly within that time, is a cause for concern.
He is of the view that the framers of the constitution really intended that a bill should be read three timesin the parliament, over a reasonable period of time, in order to allow parliamentarians sufficient time to study its implications, consult with their constituents, and then make informed inputs.
Mr. joseph is concerned that three quick readings of the amendments to the IPO Act within an hour or two, did not give the public any time to digest the details of that major bill, which now forms part of Dominica’s laws.
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