The United Workers Party (UWP) plans to make constitutional amendment that would replace Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II as head of state and make the island a republic.
This is according to UWP member, Hermangild Francis, who told supporters of the party at a rally on Sunday at Grande Riviere, Gros Islet that this could take immediate effect if the UWP is elected to office.
This was one of the recommendations made in the constitutional reform study done by the late Justice Suzie D’Auvergne, which Francis said should not be neglected and forgotten.
“It is time. We have grown enough and can take care of our business so we need to become a republic,” Francis told UWP supporters.
This plan would replace the Queen with a Non-Executive President, and the legislative agenda would also include a proposal to set fixed election dates and term limits for the Prime Minister.
Francis said, “We cannot afford to have a Prime Minister of the caliber of Kenny Anthony for twenty years. We must never allow that to happen again.”
In addition to that the former Deputy Police Chief said the UWP plans to implement a fixed date for general elections and would like to see the return of local government elections.
Francis who has been tipped to become National Security Minister in a UWP Cabinet, also said that the process for selecting a Police Commissioner under the UWP will be changed.
While the Prime Minister currently has some authority over the Police Chief because he is included in deciding who is appointed in that position, this will no longer happen.
Francis said under a UWP government the candidate for Police Chief will have to go to Parliament and make his case before elected members of the house.