Constitutional Court bill would scrap term limits, allow justices to serve until age 70

first_imgLegal expert Erwin Natosmal Oemar of the Indonesian Public Interest Lawyer Network (PILNET) said there was no urgency for the House to deliberate the bill, especially while the country scrambled to contain the novel coronavirus pandemic.Erwin further argued that the draft bill reflected a conflict of interest. “It was created only to extend the term of office for justices who will soon retire,” he told The Jakarta Post.Arsul Sani of House Commission III overseeing legal affairs said the bill was initiated by Baleg and that the commission would continue the deliberation.”Lawmakers in Commission III will discuss the bill and critique it. [The draft] still can change. We welcome public criticism,” he told the Post on Thursday.Similarly, Commission III lawmaker Taufik Basari, who is also member of Baleg, said the contents of the bill could still develop.”The current draft is still very open for further discussion. It is only a proposal,” he said.Topics : The House of Representatives is planning to revise the Constitutional Court law, seeking to scrap the ten-year term limit for justices and instead set a retirement age of 70 for all members of the nine-justice bench.According to the draft bill, a copy of which was obtained by The Jakarta Post, the revisions focus on the change of tenure for the justices as well as the eligible age for a candidate to be selected as a Constitutional Court justice.Article 23 point 1 of the draft bill stipulates that Constitutional Court justices must retire at 70 years of age. The bill scraps the existing provision in Article 22, which stipulates that justices will serve for five years and can be reappointed for only one additional five-year term. Article 4 of the draft bill extends the tenure of the Constitutional Court chief justice and deputy justice to five years from the current 2.5 years.The bill also increases the minimum age for a person to be eligible for the position of Constitutional Court justice from the existing 47 years of age to 60 as seen in Article 15 point 2 of the draft bill.House Legislation Body (Baleg) deputy chairman Willy Aditya of the NasDem Party said the bill was one of seven currently being discussed by lawmakers, which also included the omnibus bill on job creation, the indigenous peoples bill and the state civil apparatus (ASN) bill.Critics, however, argue that the bill does not touch the substance of the problems in the Constitutional Court as it focuses only on the tenure of justices.last_img read more

Guyana sweep U-15, U-17 class at Junior CASA

first_imgGUYANA swept the Under-15 and U-17 classes when the 2019 Caribbean Area Squash Association (CASA) championships concluded in Trinidad and Tobago yesterday.At the U-15 level, Guyana cleaned house with the rest of the Caribbean, both Nicholas Verwey and Micheal Alphonso making it to the final.Their paths were contrasting as Verwey had a five-set rattle (9-11, 8-11, 11-7, 13-11, 11-6) against Cayman Islands Jace Jervis while Alphonso hammered out Barbados’ Aiden Parris (12-10, 11-8, 11-5).in the eventual final, Alphonso stood tall with an 11-9, 11-9 11-6 win over his fellow Guyanese.On the Girls end, Kristen Gomes was made to work for her win against Barbados’ Sumairaa Suleman. She went down in the first two sets 4-11, 5-11, but dug deep to produce a comeback in the final three (11-8, 11-4, 11-8) much to the pleasure of the small but vocal crowd. In her earlier semi-final, she overcame Jamaica’s Savannah Thompson 11-0, 11-6, 11-5.The result was the same at the U-17 level with an all-Guyanese game between Abosaide Cadogan and Madison Fernandes. They both were able to make it to finals pretty easy, Cadogan steering clear of the hosts’ Chloe Walcott (11-5, 11-3,11-7) while Fernandes beat Bermuda’s Abigail Brewer 12-10, 11-7, 11-6).In the final, however, it was Cadogan who won in straight sets 11-7, 13-11, 11-4.In the male final, it was all Shomari Wiltshire who held through to his form with an 11-3, 11-8, 5-11, 11-2 win over Darien Benn of Barbados.Wiltshire had the first two sets in the bag but Benn came back strong in set three. Wiltshire was able to close him off early in the fourth set for the win.In the semi-final, Wiltshire got the better of Bermuda’s Matthew Elliot 11-4, 11-2, 11-1 while Guyana’s Samuel Ince-Carvalhal was beaten by Benn 11-6, 7-11, 14-12, 11-9. Ince Carvalhal won the third-place playoff by trouncing Elliot (11-9, 11-8, 11-8). Gianni Carpenter finished seventh.Guyana had no U-19 boys with Makeda Harding finishing 7th in the Girls U-19.In the Girls U-13, Beau Fernandes finished 5th with Safirah Sumner 9th while at the Boys level, Morhyan Baksh lost a hard final to Seth Thong (11-9, 6-11, 11-5, 2-11, 13-11). Baksh’s semi-final (11-8, 11-5, 11-4) win came against St Vincent’s Jaydon Williams. Louis DaSilva also finished fourth in this category after losing to Williams in the third place game (11-8, 11-9, 2-11, 11-5)In the Girls U-11 Barbados’ Phoebe Gittens won the round-robin fixture with three points ahead of Guyana’s Tiana Gomes and Christiana Fernandes while in the Boys division Grant Fernandes finished fifth with an 11-8, 11-4, 8-11, 10-12, 11-2 win over Zeviah Abrahams.last_img read more