SKNYPA to Debate Republicanism and Recidivism in Upcoming Debate

BASSETERRE, St Kitts, 26th November 2019—The St. Kitts National Youth Parliament Association (SKNYPA) will be hosting its National Youth Parliamentary Debate sitting on Wednesday 27th, November in commemoration of youth month 2019. The sitting will take place at the National Assembly Chambers Church Street Basseterre starting at 9:00am.

The youth parliamentarians will be debating two resolutions, namely a resolution proposing constitutional amendments to transition St. Kitts from a constitutional monarchy to a republic. The SKNYPArians will be proposing changes such as replacing the Governor General with an executive president and adopting the Caribbean Court of Justice as St. Kitts and Nevis’ final court of appeal.

Wednesday’s debate will also include a resolution which establishes a fund for ex-convicts, ex-gang affiliates and at-risk youth to start legitimate businesses and innovative programs focusing on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.

Thirteen young persons from St. Kitts and Nevis between the ages of 13-30 will participate in Wednesday’s debate.

Patrice Harris, SKNYPA’s president said that it is important for young people to have an input in these national issues.

“SKNYPA has not had a debate for a few years as such it was important that our upcoming debate focused on issues which affected young people,” Harris said. “Beyond expressing our views on these issues, we use this exercise to educate persons about parliamentary procedures.”

The debate will be live streamed on ZIZ radio and television as well as SKNIS’s Facebook page.

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