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Financement des parties politiques : encore des consultations à prevoir…

En réponse a une question du député Rajesh Bhagwan, le Premier ministre Pravind Jugbauth a déclaré que Financing of Political Parties Bill sera probablement présenté au Parlement avant la fin de l’année. Mais sela dépendra du processus de consultations, notamment si le Conseil des ministres décide de soumettre le texte de loi au public pour commentaires. Selon le PM, le Cabinet ministériel a approuvé les recommandations du comité ministériel sur les questions soulevées par le bureau de l’Attorney General. Celui-ci a d’ailleurs reçu les instructions pour finaliser le projet de loi.

Xavier Duval a voulu savoir si les recommandations faites en 2016, alors qu’il présidait le comité, seront prises en considération, le PM répond qu’il y a eu consultations avec d’autres institutions et consultations avec les parties concernées. Pour Arvin Boolell, le gouvernement «n’a pas la volonté politique» de faire avancer ce dossier, il utilise de «tactiques dilatoires». Pravind Jugnauth lui rappelle que c’est le précédent régime, dont il faisait partie, qui a manqué de volonté politique sur ce dossier.

A Alan Ganoo, le Pm affirme que son gouvernement réfléchit à la question de déclaration d’appartenance ethnique, «We know what is the difficulty».

En voici la réponse du PM :

As I indicated in my reply to PQ B/633 on 31 October 2017, the Ministerial Committee on Electoral Reform has already submitted its recommendations on the issues which had been raised by the Attorney-General’s Office in regard to the proposed Financing of Political Parties Bill.

I wish to inform the House that the recommendations made by the Ministerial Committee have already been approved by Cabinet and further drafting instructions have accordingly been conveyed to the Attorney-General’s Office for the finalization of the Financing of Political Parties Bill. Appropriate consultations will be held on the draft Bill in due course and the Bill will be introduced into the National Assembly as soon as it is ready.

I am informed that, apart from the Financing of Political Parties, the Ministerial Committee has also been addressing the other issues in its Terms of Reference.

The Ministerial Committee has so far met on 13 occasions and it last met on 11 September 2017. However, I am informed that the Committee has also had several informal working sessions to address the most complex issues raised in its Terms of Reference.

I am given to understand that another meeting of the Ministerial Committee is scheduled for tomorrow, in order to pursue discussions on the remaining issues in its Terms of Reference.

Since electoral reform touches upon the fundamental aspects of our democracy, appropriate consultations will be held on the draft Bills, in due course, in line with our commitment to adopt a consultative approach in matters relating to our Constitution.

 

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