Philipsburg, St.Maarten, –– The President of Parliament, Sarah Wescot -Williams has convened a public meeting of Parliament, to which the honorable Prime Minister, William Marlin has been invited, with the agenda points; Integrity Chamber and Border Control.
“ As president of Parliament I may convene meetings of Parliament as often as deemed necessary. In the case of the two aforementioned agenda points, I not only deem it necessary, I believe these matters are of utmost importance and urgency. We have heard the arguments, now Parliament has the opportunity to address the issues, also in light of looming deadlines, agreed to or not.
The draft law itself is not yet at Parliament, but Government should be able to present its draft law Integrity Chamber; the comments of the Council of Advice, as well as Government’s reaction to this advice. These are all part of the formal process of draft legislation, however given the importance of the draft integrity chamber legislation, the Parliament can debate the topic with the presentation by the Government of all relevant documentation.”
Border control is presently also a topic in the context of reconstruction aid and assistance to St. Maarten. I have noted recently that Parliament must act proactively, especially given the circumstances we find ourselves in, following the devastation caused by hurricane Irma.”
This urgent public meeting has been convened for Thursday, October 26th, at 4 pm. This meeting will be streamed live on Parliament’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/sxmparliament