Constitutional Discussions 10: Increasing the Number of Members of the House of Assembly. There are seven elected members in the Anguilla House of Assembly. There are four non-elected members. They are the Nominated and the Ex-officio Members. Seven elected representatives to debate all aspects of
One obvious way to improve the House is to increase the number of its members. There are other statistical arguments. The size of the Anguilla House was fixed in the 1970s. The population of
During the public discussions, representations were made that the Assembly should be increased to as many as 21 elected representatives. Others wanted 15 representatives to ensure proper discussion and debate of the issues. One or two suggested leaving it at the present 11 voting members. The Commission, however, went with the majority. At paragraph 74 of its Report, it recommended that the House be increased to a total of 13 elected representatives. They were to be made up of nine from constituencies and four elected at large. That would amount to an increase of only two from the present 11 voting members of the Assembly.
Members of the Assembly disagreed. They are happy with an increase of only four, to a total of eleven elected representatives. That falls below most of the recommendations and representations made to the Commission during its research and discussions. It would not meet the expectations and aspirations of any part of the Anguillian public. It has no substance or merit, in my humble view.
Just my opinion.