PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten — We all want a Democracy, take note of the capital D, yet some are against ‘politics’ even though it is politics which makes Democracy work.
With this fundamental understanding it is clear that we need political (party) reform instead of electoral reform.
Attempts by Prime Minister William Marlin and President of Parliament MP Sarah Wescot-Williams to change the February 9 election date is a clear attempt to obstruct Democracy.
Neither one of them have done anything substantial or structural to address electoral reform during their term 2010-2014, because they are both beneficiaries of the system.
As leaders they should have ensured political (party) reform which does not require a 2/3 majority in Parliament. In addition, they both cannot guarantee electoral reform because they do not have a 2/3 majority in Parliament.
Finally, the leader of the USP MP Frans Richardson who has jumped ship or crossed the floor more than any other politician, will most likely not even support it given his track record.
Let us focus on political (party) reform now and hold each political party leader accountable for that simple change which they are in control of.