Electoral reforms-Statement by Dr the Hon Prime Minister…adjournment of the House until 13 May 2014

Mr Speaker, Sir,

With your permission I would like to make a statement regarding the consultation process on electoral reform.

As the House is aware, the Consultation Paper, entitled “Renewing Democracy: Electoral Reform” was presented to the public on 24 March 2014. At that time,
I invited all interested parties to submit their comments on the proposals for reform, at the latest, by 05 May 2014.

To date, a substantial number of responses have been received and there have been published comments from political leaders and others. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all those who have taken the trouble thus far to respond to the government’s invitation.

The publication of the Consultation Paper has prompted a lively and important debate concerning the matters critical to successful reform and I have been tremendously encouraged by the generally positive reception that this initiative has received.

Mr Speaker, Sir,

What the events of recent weeks have demonstrated is that the people of Mauritius when consulted, are very ready and able to engage in a mature and constructive democratic dialogue on an issue of crucial importance to the nation.

I wish to give the assurance to the House that the Government will carefully review the submissions made to it and will publish a response to them in due course.

However, as we are nearing the date for all responses to be submitted, I intend to commence a series of detailed consultations on the views and representations we have so far received.

To this end, the Honourable Leader of the Opposition and I have agreed to meet on Thursday 17 April. This will be followed by meetings with other interested parties.

In view of the complex nature of the issues, the need for adequate time to assimilate and to review the detailed submissions made to the government upon them as well as to enable appropriate time for meaningful exchanges and discussions, I will be moving later for the adjournment of the House until 13 May 2014.


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