Opposition leader Allen Chastanet has accused the Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) government of a lack of consultation on significant matters after the Suppression of Escalated Crime (Police Powers) Bill went to Parliament on Thursday.
The Micoud South MP disclosed that the government gave the opposition just a few hours to review the measure.
“What happened to all the consultation that the SLP promised you?” He stated.
And he declared that the SLP’s lack of consultation on critical matters was a growing trend.
The former Prime Minister said the Suppression of Escalated Crime (Police Powers) Bill was ‘littered with concerning clauses.’
And he warned that, left unchecked, the clauses would affect personal and civil liberties.
The bill provides the police with expanded powers to respond to areas where crime has escalated.
Its creation recently followed a deadly gun violence spike in Vieux Fort.
During the debate on the new bill, Chastanet told the House that the government had access to other mechanisms, namely a state of emergency for which the constitution requires transparency and accountability.
But he observed that ultimately, the Minister of National Security is responsible for all the actions in the escalated crime bill.
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