Prime Minister Andrew Holness on Wednesday named the 14 members of the Constitutional Reform Committee that will oversee the reform of Jamaica’s Independence Constitution.
He made the announcement at a press conference at the Office of the Prime Minister, noting that the Committee boasts representation from a diverse cross-section of the society, which includes the Government, Parliamentary Opposition, the attorney general, constitutional law and governance experts, representatives from academia and civil society, along with a youth advisor.
The Committee is chaired by the Minister of Legal and Constitutional Affairs, Marlene Malahoo Forte.
The other members are:
• Ambassador Rocky Meade - Co-Chair/Office of the Prime Minister;
• Dr Derrick McKoy - Attorney General of Jamaica;
• Senator Tom Tavares-Finson - President of the Senate and Commissioner of the Electoral Commission of Jamaica;
• Senator Ransford Braham - Government Senator;
• Senator Donna Scott-Mottley- Opposition Senator;
• Anthony Hylton – Opposition Member of Parliament;
• Professor Richard Albert- International Constitutional Law Expert;
• Dr Lloyd Barnett - National Constitutional Law Expert;
• Hugh Small - Consultant Counsel and Nominee of the Leader of the Parliamentary Opposition;
• Dr David Henry- Wider Society - Faith-based;
• Dr Nadeen Spence- Civil Society - Social and Political Commentator;
• Laleta Davis Mattis- National Reparations Committee; and
• Sujae Boswell - Youth Advisor
Holness said while the work of the Committee is critical to achieving the reform goals on which there is consensus,“the narrative, education and arguments should be presented to the public, so that they are indeed, not just by-standers but are included in the process.”
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