Constitution Day 2016 Commemoration


PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten — The Honorable Minister of Education, Culture, Youth and Sports, Ms. Silveria Jacobs,  is hereby inviting the general public to come out and attend a Pre-Constitution Day Panel Discussion and Church Service.

Constitution day is our national holiday which is not only a holiday to commemorate the  transition of St. Maarten as a country in the Dutch Kingdom but also to promote nation building and a step towards our independence on St. Maarten.

The theme for Constitution day this year is Building One Nation St. Maarten and will be commemorated with  two events; a panel discussion on October 9th and a church service on October 10th 2016.

The purpose of the panel discussion is to improve the knowledge of our local residents on their rights as citizens of St. Maarten as well as their rights as voters of parliament. The discussion will be touching on topics such as:

  • Role of parliament and the tasks of a parliamentarian
  • Constitution of St. Maarten and understanding the constitutional rights as a citizen of St. Maarten

The discussion also aims to provide factual information and further elucidation to questions posed from the audience regarding the topic. We encourage everyone to come out to this vital event and gain valuable information about this very important topic in St. Maarten.

The  panel discussion will be held at the Belair Community Center on Sunday October 9th 2016 from 7pm-9:30pm. The panelists are: Mrs. Nilda Arduin Lynch – Ombudsman, Julio Romney and Dr. Rhoda Arrindell.

The Church Service will be under the direction of the Christian Council of Churches, the St. Maarten United Ministerial Foundation (SMUMF) and the Seventh Day Adventist and will be held on Monday October 10th 2016, at the New Testament Baptist Church (in Philipsburg) from 9am – 10am.