Constitution committee releases community education plans
BRADES, Montserrat –The Constitution Implementation and Advice Committee (CIAC) has begun a campaign to educate the general public about the contents of the proposed draft Constitution Order for Montserrat.
According to Alric “Jim” Taylor, Chairman of the CIAC every effort will be made to connect with the public through various forums and media.
Following the decision in the Legislative Council in June to give an additional three months for public debate and discussion, the committee was asked to lead the education campaign on the new draft document.
In July, ZJB Radio Montserrat in collaboration with the Government Information Unit (GIU) began airing a series of infomercials called “Your Constitution Minute”. These spots have now been converted to YouTube videos with the text and information on how persons can share their views on the new laws. The videos are available on the Government of Montserrat website at www.gov.ms and on the Spirit of Montserrat fan page on Facebook.
Mr. Taylor along with representatives from the Attorney General’s office, including Parliamentary counsel Ms. Barbara Vargas will be part of panel which will lead weekly town hall meetings. The first town hall session will be held this Thursday in Salem at the Shiloh Pentecostal Church at 7:15pm. Other meetings are scheduled to be held in St. Peters, Brades and Look Out communities every Thursday in August.
All of the meetings will be recorded for replay on radio and the local access channel on Cable TV.
Persons are still encouraged to download a copy of the draft constitution order at www.constitution.gov.ms. Copies have also been made available at local health centres, churches and the public library. A personal copy can be requested at the Office of the Chief Minister or the Deputy Governor’s office.
The debate on the new constitution is expected to resume in late September.
Watch Your Constitution Minute here..