Retiring Territorial At-Large politician Archibald Christian is advocating that local legislators be mandated to serve a limited term in representational politics.
He made his position known while giving his farewell address in the House of Assembly which dissolved on Wednesday, January 24. Elections are now scheduled for February 25.
Christian is retiring after only serving eight consecutive years as a legislator.
“One of the reasons why I have taken the position to retire is because I am one of those proponents who believe that the time is coming in this territory when we need to start looking at term limits for honourable members. I know that some members will perhaps not initially want to support that proposal but I believe that … sometimes we have to save ourselves from ourselves.”
“I think that once you continue indefinitely, things can, unfortunately, go wrong. I’m not casting any aspersions on anyone but it’s my own personal observations,” the two-term legislator said.
He continued: “We know that sometime in the near future we will be having talks about reviewing our constitution and I’m hoping that is one of the points that the general public would want to elaborate a little bit more on to see if its a direction that we need to go in as a young country.”
Christian then argued that the neighbouring US Virgin Islands already has term restrictions for select offices, such as persons who are elected as governor.
Premier Dr D Orlando Smith who is retiring from representational politics after 20 years has suggested that he does not necessarily share Christian’s view.
In fact, the premier said he was disappointed to see Christian retire, even though he (Christian) is no longer a serves under the Smith administration.
Dr Smith described Christian as a good legislator and said he hopes the two-term legislator is only taking a political hiatus.
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