"Belizeans Deserve Clarity on Transition to a Republic"
By: OMAR SILVA, NP EDITOR
Belizeans have been eagerly awaiting information about the possibility of transitioning from a monarchy to a republic, yet the head of the People's Constitutional Commission, Cesar Ross, seems to be dancing around the true facts and details that people are anxious to know. In their first interview, Ross failed to provide crucial information about the types of constitutions that could be considered in a republic, such as whether it would be a presidential or parliamentary system.
While it is understandable that the process for revising the constitution is complex and involves many different stakeholders, the lack of transparency and information provided to the public is concerning. Belizeans are not simply asking whether the country will become a republic, but what type of republic it will be.
For example, will the new constitution include an elected president with their own government, or a Barbados type wishy-washy republican system? These are important details that the public deserves to know in order to make an informed decision about their country's future.
It is not enough for the commission to simply consult with the public, they must also provide clear information about the options being considered and the potential implications of different decisions. The commission must recognize that transparency and public participation are essential components of any successful constitutional reform process.
Belizeans have a right to be informed and engaged throughout this process. The commission must work to provide the necessary information and answer the important questions that Belizeans have about the transition to a republic. Failure to do so risks losing the trust and support of the people, which could have long-term consequences for the success of the transition.