Published On: Mon, Mar 27th, 2017

The Governor of Curaçao: “Elections must take place!”

GovernorWILLEMSTAD - The Governor of Curaçao, Her Excellency Lucille George-Wout, believes that it is very important for the development of the democratic life of Curaçao that the elections of April 28, 2017, take place. Curacao is a democratic state in which the Constitution of Curaçao should be respected. The Parliament is bound by the principles of the democratic rule of law, as enshrined in the Constitution. Given the fundamental importance of the right to dissolve the Parliament by the Government and in the light of the checks and balances in our polity, the withdrawal of the decision to dissolve the Parliament by the current interim government has seriously impaired legal certainty and good governance. That is why the Governor will nominate the National Decree of March 27, 2017, in which the elections are canceled, for destruction to the Government of the Kingdom.

The interim government Pisas presented a draft National Decree on March 27, 2017 which repeals the National Decree of February 12, 2017, in which the elections were organized for April 28, 2017, and send for approval by the Governor of Curaçao. In this decree, the interim government invokes the motion of the Parliament of March 3, 2017, in which the Parliament has called on the government to withdraw the National Decree of February 12, 2017, and to make all legal consequences undone.

Under Article 21 of the Rules of the Governor of Curaçao, the Governor does not sign a Federal or National Decree, when she believes the regulation or the decision to be contrary to the Constitution, an international regulation, a Kingdom Act or a General Measure of Kingdom Government, or with interests whose promotion or protection a matter is of the Kingdom.

The Governor has, in her capacity as an entity of the Kingdom, pursuant to Article 21 of the Rules of the Governor, inform the Government of the Kingdom that she will not adopt the national decree. That is why she has presented that country's decision to the Government of the Kingdom. She considers that the country’s decision is in conflict with legal certainty and with good governance. The power of the government to proceed to the dissolution of the Parliament under Article 53 of the Constitution of Curaçao is unqualified.

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