first_imgPPP/C Presidential Candidate, Dr Irfaan AliAs constitutional reform under the current coalition Government has hit a brick wall, the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) in its 2020 election manifesto has promised that if elected to office, it would advance constitutional reform with the input of the citizens themselves.In its manifesto, the Party noted the importance of ensuring that the people participate in something as critical as revising the supreme law. The Party referenced the constitutional reform it piloted in the late 90s-early 2000s as an example of the process that is needed.“We are aware that issues concerning constitutional reform, particularly in relation to a national, inclusive governance model, management of elections, fiduciary accountability, enhancing rights of Guyanese and ensuring constitutional language is simple have been raised and discussed in the public domain.“However, we believe that these, as well as other issues, must be part of a process of widespread consultation with the people of Guyana before being acted upon. The extensive changes to our Constitution under the PPP/C followed such a process. Moving forward, we are committed to continuous revision of the Constitution,” the Party noted.“In this regard, we will ensure that the Committee on Constitutional Reform that will advance the work will pursue nationwide consultation following the model used in the past, that is, with half of the members from civil society and equal representation from Government and the Opposition.Over the past few years, constitutional reform has been before a parliamentary committee. There is a Constitutional Reform Commission Bill that was to be examined by the Committee. The Bill was published on July 26, 2017, and was introduced in the National Assembly on July 27, 2017, and read for the first time. But there have been accusations made of members of the Committee stalling the process.Constitutional reform was one of the main promises that the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) coalition campaigned on for the 2015 Elections. However, the Administration has been heavily criticised for not delivering the reform, which was a top priority in its manifesto.The bipartisan Committee on Constitutional Reform was formed in 2015. The Committee comprises Chairman, Attorney General and Legal Affairs Minister, Basil Williams; Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan; Education Minister Nicolette Henry, Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman and Public Service Minister, Dr Rupert Roopnaraine.Opposition Members of Parliament (MPs) on the Committee include Anil Nandlall, Priya Manickchand, Dr Frank Anthony and Adrian Anamayah. The Bill was sent to the Committee to be examined as it is the body responsible for dealing with constitutional matters.The Opposition had raised concerns about the Prime Minister leading the constitutional reform process as they had argued that the PM did not have the clout to negotiate or make any commitments to the Opposition. Meetings have been infrequent, with accusations being made that members are not attending when called to do so.last_img read more

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first_imgMomentum is on India’s side as they gear up to face Australia in the series-deciding third and final ODI at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Friday.The series is currently locked at 1-1 after India won the second game in Adelaide by six wickets on Tuesday, following Australia’s 34-run win in Sydney last Saturday.Part from a the convincing win in the last match, India captain Virat Kohli will be most pleased with the form of former skipper MS Dhoni, who followed by the 51 he made in the first ODI with a match-winning 55 not out in Adelaide and guided the team past the finish line.Dhoni finding his form back is a huge boost to the tourists, who are still struggling with the third seam bowler’s option after trying out Khaleel Ahmed and Mohammed Siraj in the first two games. Both bowlers conceded a lot of runs with Siraj registering the worst economy rate by an Indian bowler on debut in ODIs.Ambati Rayudu’s lack of runs at No.4 is also a cause for concern for the side but thankfully, all the other recognised batsmen are in form and ready to fire once again.A win on Friday will see Kohli lift the third trophy on this tour after he shared the T20I trophy with Aaron Finch and clinched the Border-Gavaskar trophy after a historic 2-1 Test series win earlier this year.Australia on the other hand, are struggling with the form of captain and opener Aaron Finch, while the other batsmen, barring Shaun Marsh and Usman Khawaja, have also been inconsistent so far.advertisementMeanwhile, Cricket Australia announced the final playing XI for the series-decider against India, making two changes to the team with Adam Zampa and Billy Stanlake replacing Nathan Lyon and Jason Behrendorff.What time does the 3rd ODI between India vs Australia start?The 3rd ODI starts at 07:50 AM IST on January 18, Friday at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) in Melbourne.What TV channel and live stream is the 3rd ODI between India and Australia Live Streaming on?Sony SIX and Sony SIX HD in English commentary and Sony Ten 3 and Sony Ten 3 HD in Hindi Commentary. Sony Liv will live stream India vs Australia 3rd ODI match.Sony has acquired most of the rights of overseas cricket series and that is why they are the official broadcasters of India vs Australia series down under.Where will the 3rd ODI between India and Australia be played?The 3rd ODI between India and Australia will be played at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) in Melbourne from 07:50 AM IST.Where can I watch the India vs Australia 3rd ODI live?The match will be shown on Sony sports network and can also be streamed on SonyLIV.com. While the match is set to begin on 7:50 AM, Sony will start their pre-match show half an hour before the match as the experts discuss the series ahead of the toss and after it.Where can I check the online live updates of the India vs Australia 3rd ODI?You can follow our ball-by-ball-updates of the 3rd ODI match between India vs Australia from our live blog on indiatoday.in/sports.What are the teams for the 3rd ODI between India and Australia?India 15-man squad: Virat Kohli (c), Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Ambati Rayudu, Dinesh Karthik, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Siraj, K Khaleel Ahmed, Mohammed Shami, Vijay ShankarAustralia playing XI: Aaron Finch, Alex Carey, Usman Khawaja, Shaun Marsh, Peter Handscomb, Marcus Stoinis, Glenn Maxwell, Jhye Richardson, Peter Siddle, Adam Zampa, Billy Stanlake.last_img read more

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