Mottley wants proportional representation

Opposition Leader Mia Mottley is proposing changes to the electoral system here, moving from a strictly first-past-the-post system to one that includes proportional representation.

Addressing a meeting Monday night of her Barbados Labour Party (BLP) in St John the Baptist Church, St James, Mottley said the current system left a lot to be desired in terms of oversight of the executive branch because of the large ratio of ministers to ordinary members.

At present, 13 of Government’s 16 parliamentarians hold Cabinet posts, while there are two backbenchers and the Speaker.

Mottley said reducing the size of the Cabinet was not an option, therefore in order to have effective checks and balances it was necessary to increase the number of parliamentarians.

This should be done, she said, not by reducing the size of the constituencies, but by having voters choose constituency, as well as national representatives.

“Because the complexity of Government does require the numbers [of ministers] that we have . . . in this modern democratic world with international, regional and domestic obligations, it means that we may have to consider increasing the numbers [of MPs].

“Reducing the size of constituencies is to make them more vulnerable to vote-buying, because the smaller the unit the easier it is to buy votes . . . we need a category of member of parliament called national members of parliament. We need to do it in a way where you, the voter, retains the right to choose, not the political party, to appoint on the basis of proportional representation,” Mottley said during the BLP’s voter education campaign.

The Opposition Leader said the country was at risk of having a prime ministerial dictatorship because the Prime Minister was the only one with the power to hire and fire members of Cabinet.

And in order to “protect this country from a prime ministerial dictatorship, which is effectively what it has had for 51 years”, there was a need to also strengthen, deepen and broaden the function of Parliament, she stressed.

Furthermore, the BLP leader said the current system was vulnerable to abuse by Cabinet, “especially an Executive that has gone AWOL like this one that we now have in Barbados”.

9 Responses to Mottley wants proportional representation

  1. Rawle Spooner
    Rawle Spooner April 27, 2017 at 6:43 am

    Mia Mottley is a typical politician looking to have more money sucking people getting pensions/pay and all the other perks that come with being MP.Of course that means taxpayers got to pay for all that and is country going to get better or become more progressive don’t damm think so we have 30 now and lil rock still stuck in quick sand, more don’t equate to better.

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  2. Milli Watt April 27, 2017 at 8:47 am

    SSTTTUUUPPPSSSEEE……….my word this got to be de DEMONS Owen did talking bout. More politicians with access to the consolidated fund. PR does not mean what she is talking about and you can get participation by dismantling the Public Account Committee and giving the Auditor General the ability to lock up dat crowd. I voting for one the other parties for sure

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  3. Kevin April 27, 2017 at 9:57 am

    Well well well. Lets see what the comments will be for all those whose were saying that there are too much parliamentarians, too much Ministers etc…… I feel the comment section will be very quiet.

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  4. Waiting April 27, 2017 at 10:57 am

    I will do with more information on this suggestion but right now we don’t need anymore parliamentarians. What we need is a four year cycle of stewardship and not five which will make one focus on productivity rather than time wasting.

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  5. Sheron Inniss April 27, 2017 at 12:45 pm

    Wuh looka my crosses for muh doh yuh. Hee haw hee haw

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  6. Helicopter(8P) April 27, 2017 at 1:20 pm

    Well lots of salaries would have to be met without knowing what’s in the bag ; ” a pig or a log” ? Representation of the people should not be problematic nation wide! The higher priority is productivity and employment. If Barbados does not meet these two requirements we will be left behind. Trained and informed workforce of the 21st century should be beneficial in putting tax revenue back into the treasury. Skills training centers should be retraining those workers who were made redundant and bring the up to par in key ares of employment.

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  7. sam clarke April 27, 2017 at 2:02 pm

    Propositional Representation in Barbados is long over due. What we have as a system, is what Lani guinier, so eloquently wrote in her book aptly called ” Tyranny of the Majority’.
    We have this first pass the pole, which does not truly represent the people.
    So we need to not only look at the type of government that we have i, but a system which allow for all voice to be heard.

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  8. Donild Trimp April 27, 2017 at 2:21 pm

    For the first time the BLP is coming up with something that makes sense.

    I agree with the following statements from the opposition leader.

    “we need a category of member of parliament called national members of parliament. We need to do it in a way where you, the voter, retains the right to choose, not the political party, to appoint on the basis of proportional representation,” Mottley said during the BLP’s voter education campaign”.

    “The country was at risk of having a prime ministerial dictatorship because the Prime Minister was the only one with the power to hire and fire members of Cabinet”.

    That is how elections are won. That is what Barbadians want to hear. Where is your focus. That is a good first step.

    Now come with some more tangible ideas.

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  9. Francis April 27, 2017 at 10:54 pm

    What a whole lot of rubbish!!

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