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December 23, 2013

The White Paper Last! Or Maybe Not ...

The White Paper on electoral reform will be published very soon. This is at least what was announced by Prime Minister Navin Ramgoolam this week. A "promise" that he had done many times before. But since then, nothing, despite commitments to the United Nations.

That's it! The publication of the white paper on electoral reform, it is in a few days! This is at least what we should believe if lends credence to the words of Prime Minister. The problem is that we have a strange sense of déjà vu: that he had already made that promise before. But since then, nothing, despite commitments to the United Nations. And so finally, Navin Ramgoolam was really a prankster, as described Paul Bérenger yesterday, Saturday, Dec. 21, in the press conference Remake?

The scope of "soon the White Paper on Electoral Reform" smells rancid. In May, in the Chamber, the Prime Minister took a matter of the purple MP, Lysie Ribot, on the representation of women in parliament to announce the publication already expected from the previous year, its white paper for the end of July. But in late July, Navin Ramgoolam warned before leaving on an official mission to Paris and London, that it will take two weeks to be ready. The preparation of this document requires more work than expected, he said. It will be mid-August, I promise!

Four months later, we have not yet seen a single page of this paper. Would it be an urban legend? It is no surprise that the Prime Minister puts the matter to the agenda. Wednesday, during a ceremony organized by the certificates National Institute for Citizenship Education, Ramgoolam holds true unifying language: "I am part of the general population," he said, we should still scandalizing in 2013, declare their ethnicity to be a candidate in the general election.And Ramgoolam announced the imminent publication of the white paper again. If we stick to the notion of highly elastic time Prime Minister, these few days of waiting should end in ... April 2014!So, the White Paper will be finally published. Maybe. Or Ramgoolam announce its next release for the fourth time.

From the beginning, his political opponents do not believe at all. After the second announcement of the white paper, Remake leaders had considered it as a trick to create a split between the two partners. Electoral reform would, in this scenario depends on a red-purple alliance. The fact that the MMM and MSM are reached common ground on the formula to be adopted would have removed all of the political capital Navin Ramgoolam could expect to earn. 

Nevertheless, political capital or not, the credibility of Mauritius before international bodies hangs in the balance. When the Commission on Human Rights of the United Nations ruled that the obligation to declare ethnicity violated human rights, as affirmed Rezistans ek Alternativ, the Mauritian government had until February 28 to its position. And national consultations on the issue were a commitment by our leaders. However, this consultation can only boot from the white paper ...

 

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