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– “We need to move away from beer garden talk and find out from the people what reforms they would want to see.”By: Kiana WilburgSince the prorogation of the Parliament, the pressure for constitutional reform has increased, with some political parties putting forward their own menu of necessary changes to certain articles.One such party is the Alliance For Change (AFC),Cheap NFL Jerseys China, whose Chairman Nigel Hughes had recently put forward his party’s constitutional reform proposal, which includes tempering the powers of the President along with his immunities to suit.Even business mogul, Dr. Yesu Persaud recently spoke to the urgent need for constitutional changes, particularly the powers vested in the Executive.Opposition Leader,Cheap Baseball Jerseys China, David GrangerHowever, Opposition Leader, David Granger believes that considering the political state of the country, it is also important to examine other parts of the Constitution and not just the powers of the President. While he shares Dr. Persaud’s view, Granger said that there is “nothing new about that.”The Leader of A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) said that as far as Constitutional Reform is concerned, it has become a very popular topic nowadays,Cheap NFL Jerseys Free Shipping, but “we need to move away from beer garden talk and find out from the people what reforms they would want to see.”Granger recently told the media that everyone has a package of reforms in their back pockets. He reminded of some who opined that Guyana should return to the 1970’s Constitution. Granger then emphasized, “We cannot have a cut and paste constitution.”He asserted, “We can’t have one that just selects a bit from South Africa, a bit from India, and a part from the USA …There are like hundreds of suggestions coming up and the problem is that many of the reforms which have been recommended as of 2001 have not yet been implemented, so we need experts. We also need to go back to the people to find out what the people themselves want and not what was discussed in a beer garden or some coffee house.”The Opposition Leader said that attention should also be given to the experiences of the Tenth Parliament over the last few years, particularly because they have brought out some new issues which the Constitution will have to remedy, such as the matter of prorogation.On that premise, Granger said that a more careful look at the Constitution needs to be taken as opposed to what some have been suggesting.“I respect Dr. Persaud but we need to go to the people and we need to get experts in public law to redraft the Constitution. There is no point at this stage of Guyanese history to be cherry picking issues, saying ‘oh there is a good clause here in the USA and a good one here in India and another there’ … we finish with that. We need to hear the voices of the people in this country. There are too many “experts” who have never written a Constitution in their life and suddenly dictating what needs to be done,” Granger expressed.He expressed that he was in the Pomeroon area recently, and after listening to the plight of the citizens there, with regard to their living conditions, he observed that more attention needs to be paid to Local Government.“A lot of problems exist there and everyone is talking about presidential powers but they don’t speak on the way communities are administered, and this is what the Local Government system is meant to remedy. Everyone knows the President must do this and the President must do that but the people are suffering at the bottom because the system is not working for them…we need to do a deeper Constitutional consultation,” Granger commented.The APNU leader then said that his coalition will continue to push for constitutional reform.Chairman of the AFC, Nigel Hughes had outlined that one of the important things the Constitution speaks to is the distribution of power and how it should be exercised. Referring to Article 51, the Attorney-at-law had said that supreme democratic power should be vested in three organs; the Presidency, Parliament and Cabinet.He had emphasized that a worrying problem exists in that equation.“What you have is the President being a part of the parliament and then when you go to Cabinet, you have him there, where he has supreme executive power. So in effect, he has power of all three organs of the state.“He dominates them,Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic, and this is long before we come to discuss his immunities from suit, which means that in the exercise of his executive power,Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale, he is not answerable to the court or anyone and can only be removed by grave misconduct, ill-health or loss of confidence in him by the House.”Hughes had said that the current structure of the Constitution gives the President absolute power to govern, and that the AFC has advocated for this to be addressed with urgency, for power, he had opined, must be distributed evenly.

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Project Officer of the Guyana Chest Society, Eshwar Raghunath, has refuted statements by the Guyana National Bureau of Standards (GNBS) that the controversial Tobacco Standard was not at the Tourism Ministry, but rather it was still at the GNBS.However, Raghunath told Kaieteur News, yesterday,cheap nfl jerseys china, that he is not aware that the standard was still at the GNBS. The technical officers from the Office of the Director of the GNBS informed him (Raghunath) that the standard was forwarded to the Ministry of Tourism Industry and Commerce.According to the Project Officer, he has received a correspondence from the Tourism Ministry explaining that the Ministry will give the Private Sector Commission another chance to express comments and suggestions about the standard.Raghunath also noted that officials from the Ministry even went as far as taking the document to the Permanent Secretary of the Tourism Ministry in order to ‘speed up’ the process.On Thursday last,Jerseys NFL Wholesale, the Public Relations Officer of the GNBS, Lloyd David, in a press statement to the media noted that the Tobacco Standard was not at the Tourism Ministry and explained that the GNBS is still examining the documents under its standard development process.Kaieteur News in its December 12,China NFL Jerseys, 2009 edition had carried an article under the headline, “Tobacco Standard stalled at Tourism Ministry”, which quoted Raghunath as expressing his dissatisfaction that although the standard was developed, it is still to receive the approval from the Tourism Ministry.Minister of Health,Cheap Jerseys, Dr. Leslie Ramsammy, had also expressed his dissatisfaction with the process,NFL Jerseys Wholesale, as he had revealed that the Tourism Ministry is once again going through another stage of public consultation before the standard is approved.In its statement, the GNBS had explained that “the development and production of a standard must go through a series of steps and stages in following due process and transparency requirements, and there must be adequate public consultation countrywide. Such consultations target all sectors, both public and private.”Project Officer: Eshwar Raghunath According to the GNBS, although the Draft Tobacco Standard was finalised as a Voluntary National Standard in August,Jerseys NFL China, 2009, the standardisation process requires that further steps be taken before the Standard is submitted to the Minister of Tourism, who also must ensure that all requirements are fulfilled before the standard is submitted to Cabinet for approval.The GNBS also noted that there was no communication between the Guyana Chest Society and Mr. Raghunath of the Ministry of Tourism, Industry and Commerce.The GNBS denied that the private sector was given another chance to comment on the standard in keeping with the request from the Tourism Minister.“The GNBS is not aware of any new amendments required of the standard. The Ministry of Tourism, Industry and Commerce and the GNBS, are aware of the importance of making the said standard mandatory and understand the urgent need for Guyana to satisfy the requirements of the Framework Convention for Tobacco Control (FCTC) to which Guyana is a signatory.Due process however must be followed to ensure full transparency.”In 2005, Guyana signed onto the World Health Organisation (WHO) Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), where there are several articles within that treaty that addresses the control of tobacco as well as its demand and supply.Since then, Governments had three years to implement the various principles of the treaty but Guyana is in breach of Article 11, which deals specifically with the packaging and labeling of tobacco products.This article demands that governments implement pictorial health warnings on cigarette packages, but to date, this is still to be done in Guyana.
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