There will be no change to the Constitution of Antigua and Barbuda to allow for a fixed date for general elections if it is not a demand of the people.
That is what Prime Minister Gaston Browne had to say when asked to respond to the call by opposition Member of Parliament (MP) Joanne Massiah for a referendum to make the change.
He says his government will not make such an important decision based on suggestion from any political opponent, including Massiah who heads the newly formed Democratic National Alliance (DNA).
“Any constitutional change that my government will pursue, must be driven by the masses and not by political opponents. Our political opponents do not have the level of maturity and sophistication to pursue constitutional changes in a non-partisan manner, in the interest of the state,” he said according to a report by the Antigua Observer.
He says based on the fallout and eventual non-support from the opposition for the referendum on the Caribbean Court of Justice, he does not believe his opponents would be committed to pursuing this other matter that is equally important.