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4. Electoral Reform By 2007 – The Process

4.1 The Government has established the following committee system, which will facilitate a comprehensive national consultation leading to the implementation of a new electoral framework:

4.1.1 Electoral Reform Consultative Committee (ERCC) will over a period of six (6) weeks, conduct national consultations with all stakeholders about the proposed new electoral framework. The Committee will report directly to the National Advisory Electoral Reform and Boundaries Committee (NAERBC) within four (4) weeks after the consultations are completed.

4.1.2 National Advisory Electoral Reform and Boundaries Committee (NAERBC) will make suggestions within four (4) weeks of receiving the report from the Electoral Reform Consultative Committee on issues coming out of the national consultations, and present recommendations to the Parliamentary Constitutional & Electoral Reform and Boundaries Committee.

4.1.3 Parliamentary Constitutional & Electoral Reform and Boundaries Committee (PCERBC) is a Parliamentary Sub-Committee. After considering the report from the Electoral Reform Consultative Committee and any other report, which it may consider, the PCERBC will advise the Attorney General on the matters that are to be the subject of legislative action by Parliament.

4.1.4 Boundaries Technical Committee (BTC) will make recommendations to the Constituency Boundaries Commission in relation to new electoral boundaries.

These recommendations will be sent through the NAERBC so that its membership will have the opportunity to offer their comments within the spirit of the advice given in the Report of the Commonwealth Assessment Mission.

4.1.5 Constituency Boundaries Commission (CBC) having received recommendations from the Boundaries Technical Committee via the NAERBC shall submit to the Governor General its Report in accordance with its Constitutional obligations.

4.1.6 Electoral Commission (EC), which has constitutional responsibilities, may make any necessary recommendation to the Parliamentary Constitutional & Electoral Reform and Boundaries Committee, and or may also send its recommendations to Parliament.

4.1.7 Parliament will legislate recommended subject matters received from the Parliamentary Constitutional & Electoral Reform and Boundaries Committee and the Constituency Boundaries Commission.

 
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