Minister of Legal and Constitutional Affairs, Marlene Malahoo Forte, says work to advance reform of the Constitution has progressed significantly.
She said this commenced on March 1, with the appointment of the Constitutional Reform Committee (CRC) members.
Malahoo Forte noted that the CRC’s role is to assist in providing expert guidance and oversight to the Government and people of Jamaica during the constitutional reform process.
“[This is] as we aim to, among other things, implement the recommendations of the Joint Select Committee on Constitutional and Electoral Reform (JSCCER) on which consensus remains, while helping to build consensus where it has eroded or is non-existent on other related matters,” the Minister said.
She was speaking during her 2023/24 Sectoral Debate presentation in the House of Representatives on Tuesday (June 6).
Malahoo Forte said, to date, 12 CRC meetings have been convened and almost 30 public consultations held.
“We want to hear from the public. All are invited to make written submissions to the Committee, and some will have the opportunity to follow up with oral submissions. We are especially asking for your submissions on the work being done in phase one,” she stated.
Some of the issues being dealt with in the first phase include abolition of the Constitutional Monarchy, establishment of the Office of the President (Executive vs. Ceremonial President), extension of the life of Parliament, and qualification to sit in the Parliament.
“You may send your submissions by email to [email protected],” Malahoo Forte said.