GIS - 14 July, 2014: The time has come, 46 years after independence, to move on and consolidate our nation unity and our national identity as Mauritians, said the Prime Minister, Dr Navinchandra Ramgoolam, GCSK, FRCP, on 11 July 2014 in the National Assembly.
The Prime Minister was summing up debates leading to the vote of The Constitution (Declaration of Community) (Temporary Provisions) Bill (No. V of 2014). The object of this Bill is to make special provision regarding the declaration of a candidate as to his community for the next general elections, pending the subsuming of the Best Loser system in a different method of allocating additional seats.
‘It is the first time in our history that a Government is bringing a Bill to give the option to our citizens not to be disqualified as a candidate at a general election if they do not disclose their community’, observed Dr Ramgoolam. We must resolutely move forward and construct a nation-state that can fulfill the aspirations and the expectations of our people, he stressed.
The Prime Minister stated that he is driven by the dream, the aspiration, the unbending resolve to keep strengthening the notion of a common citizenship, a common sense of identity and destiny.
‘We do not live in a perfect world. There will always be people who discriminate in every country in the world. But our founding fathers gave us a Constitution with guarantees for fundamental human rights modelled on the Human Rights Convention’, he said.
Dr Ramgoolam also underlined the need to strive to eradicate unfairness and expressed belief that all humanity is one, whatever our origins or colour or religion or community.
Moreover the Prime Minister said that our Constitution and our electoral system need to evolve to adapt to changing times and that societies are never static. He also announced that a Bill on electoral reform will be circulated very soon.
The Prime Minister emphasised the complexity of electoral reform and stated that such a major change cannot be imposed on the people. The people of this country have a legitimate right to have their say on such a major constitutional and electoral change, he added.
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