Electoral reform: Time is too short for fundamental changes

POSTED: 10/3/13 12:07 PM

St. Maarten – The time is too short for fundamental changes to the electoral system, Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams said yesterday at the weekly press briefing in answer to questions from this newspaper. “I am looking at matters that can be decided upon and put into effect by the next elections.”

Wescot-Williams said that the thought about a directly elected Prime Minister – an idea that has also been floated in Curacao – has crossed her mind. “In Curacao it is a little bit easier to talk about fundamental changes,” the prime minister said. “Going over to a district system – something that has also been mentioned in discussions in Curacao – is also a fundamental change. We are looking to address matters by the elections of 2014. We do not have the time to deal with such far reaching changes, though it might be something for a point beyond, but not for the time we have between now and the elections. But when you talk about changing electoral systems, a directly elected prime minister is something you could look at.”

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