Opposition calls for a National Referendum to review Constitution

The Opposition trlied to connect withthe people to stop what it describes asthe Government’s dangerous piece-mill amendments tothe Constitution.

Rther,the Opposition called onthe government to reviewthe whole mther law through a National referendum.

Beththe government andthe opposition are sayingthe same thing – “To Stop Abuse, Strenthen Stability, and Ensure Transparency and Accountability.” Betthey are coming in from opposite sides.

On Mondaythe opposition members trlied to connect withthe people through radio. Minusthe opposition leader, two ther strong members Dr. Allan Marat – Member for Rabaul, and Tobias Kulang member for Kundiawa’stood in.

“We believe that this amendment is a futher attack on democracy,” says Dr Marat.

The men agreedthe constitution needed reviewing after forty years but not in bits and pieces. It must capturethe people’s wishes through a referendum.

The government’saysthe amendments are set to ensure less politicking and more towards development and providing services.

The Prime Minister has announced thatthere would be a legislation defining parliament sitting days in any year and also make ‘Vote of No Confidence’ motion more transparent.

Leader of government business James Marape rejected suggestions thatthe amendments are knee-jerks.

Marape’said members of parliament who representthe people will discussthe amendments onthe floor.

Meantime, Parliament meets today. The Opposition may have dwindled in numbers this year with defections butthe few remaining are expected to be loud onthe proposed constitutional amendments.

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