New Constitution for Turks and Caicos Islands
PROVIDENCIALES, Turks & Caicos Islands, Oct 15, CMC - The new Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) Constitution went into effect on Monday with Britain’s Foreign and Commonwealth Minister for Overseas Territories Mark Simmonds describing the occasion as historic.
“Today is an important day in the Turks and Caicos Islands as the new Constitution comes into force. It marks the beginning of the end of the three year UK-led Interim Administration and the countdown to local elections.
“I am delighted with the progress that the Interim Administration has made in its efforts to reform and embed the principles of sound financial management and good governance across the structures and government of the Turks and Caicos Islands,” Simmonds said.
“The new Constitution is a key part of the framework designed to help ensure fair and transparent governance under a new administration,” he said, adding that London was now looking forward “to the elections on 9 November and to welcoming the return to elected government in the Turks and Caicos Islands”.
In 2006, London resumed daily administration of the affairs of the British Overseas Territory, disbanded the locally elected government and suspended the legislature after a one-man Commission of Inquiry said it found widespread corruption under the administration of former premier Michael Misick.
(Details in Politics section)