The Tobago House of Assembly will discuss the final draft bill for Tobago’s autonomy on Thursday (October 27) at the Assembly Legislature in Scarborough, and the public has been invited to witness the session.
The document, which outlines Tobago’s demands for self-government, must be discussed by the house before it is forwarded to Cabinet for consideration.
On October 2, the Forum of Political Parties, which led the autonomy campaign, held its final convention to give Tobagonians one more chance to contribute to the draft bill in some key areas. This included the process for selecting the Chief Secretary, as well as the proposal for a new bi-cameral legislature.
Following the convention, the final draft was prepared.
Thursday’s plenary session will mark the end of almost four years of public debate and consultations, which preceded the drafting of the document. The final draft will be sent to Cabinet by the end of October.