Parliamentarians have been told that they now have fourteen days for nomination before the election of a new head of state.
That’s because, according to Speaker of the House of Assembly Alix Boyd – Knights, there is no agreement between Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit and Opposition Leader Hector John on a joint nominee for President.
The government presented its new nominee, Jennifer Wallace Lafond, for president after Alix Boyd-Knights withdrew her nomination because of, according to Skerrit, fear for the safety of her family.
John has indicated in the media that the United Workers Party would support the new government nominee if she met certain Constitutional requirements and more information is given.
“If the prime minister is unable to agree with the leader of the opposition as to their joint nomination of a candidate for election as President, he shall notify the Speaker to that effect and the speaker shall inform the house accordingly…” Boyd- Knights told a special sitting of parliament.
She said she received a letter from the Prime Minister dated today September 12, 2013 stating, “In accordance to section 19:3 of the constitution, and further to the withdrawal of the interest of the first nominee, I hereby inform you that the Leader of the Opposition and I have been unable to agree on a joint nominee of a candidate for election as president”
She explained that the leader of the Opposition, the prime minister and any three members of the house can come up with their own nominations.
The term of current president, Eluid Williams, ends in October.