Published On: Thu, Sep 11th, 2014

“While it’s the will of the people, we have to respect Schotte’s presence in Parliament”

Schotte2WILLEMSTAD – With amazement, I took note of a declaration made by the MP of the opposition party PAR, Armin Konket, who indicated that Gerrit Schotte, leader of the Movementu Futuro Korsou (MFK) must resign from Parliament. This was declared by the former Minister Plenipotentiary, Sheldry Osepa. According to Konket, Gerrit Schotte shouldn’t be in Parliament because of the investigation against him.

According to Osepa, the PAR MP’s petition does not have any legal base. “Our laws stipulate rigid rules of procedures on when a person may lose its voting rights or its rights to be elected as a representative of the people. The law indicates the criteria which every person must comply with to be elected into Parliament. To pretend to exclude a politician from Parliament, just because he or she has a strong acceptance with the voters, is just plainly wrong,” Osepa said.

“In the specific case of the MFK leader, the people of Curaçao, in the election of 2012, have given the party a total of 18,450 popular votes. The people of Curaçao, in a free and open election, have indicated that they want to see Schotte in Parliament. Konket should respect that,” Osepa stressed.

Osepa continued saying that the right to be elected as a representative of the people is a fundamental right anchored in international treaties. Article 25 of the IVBPR, which guarantees the human rights states that “every citizen shall have the right and the opportunity, without any of the distinctions mentioned in article 2 and without unreasonable restrictions: to vote and to be elected at genuine periodic elections which shall be by universal and equal suffrage and shall be held by secret ballot, guaranteeing the free expression of the will of the electors”. “Schotte is in Parliament because the people of Curaçao want him there. Despite all the personal resentments of politicians, we all have to accept the will of the people,” Osepa stated.

 

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