Citizens’ involvement in major decision making is critical for Saint Lucia’s development and will see the full restoration of ‘good governance’, says Former Micoud North (MP) Jeannine Compton-Antoine.
Compton-Antoine, who will be contesting the next general election as an independent candidate for Micoud North, made this disclosure during an appearance on Talk with Rick Wayne on Thursday.
“There is a breakdown in terms of our governance structure,” she said.
The outspoken female politician noted that good governance is lacking at every level in Saint Lucia and she wants to see this changed, so that policy decisions would start reflecting citizens’ interests.
Compton-Antoine said government should begin implementing good decision-making processes, which will have a positive effect on local government, and help to develop good working relationships with communities.
“The foundation has been laid, but it seems that we are taking a jack hammer and breaking it apart, rather than building on that strong foundation to make things better,” she argued.
The former MP spoke of the need to restore local government election in Saint Lucia, that will help to develop and empower local communities. But called for partisan politics to be removed from this process.
She also spoke about the need for greater accountability and transparency in Parliament, explaining that the Public Accounts Committee may have met since 1997.
Compton-Antoine also stated that when she served as MP between 2007 and 2011, she made it her duty to tell the people through Parliament how she went about spending money allocated to her constituency and at that time urged other MPs to do the same.
Compton-Antoine is the daughter of Sir John Compton, former Prime Minister of Saint Lucia.