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Electoral reform: the Lynch-law under review – part 2/2

~ Curacao sticks to system that favors position on candidate-list ~ PHILIPSBURG – St. Maarten’s current electoral law – oft referred to as the Lynch-law after its architect - determines that candidates with the highest number of votes are elected over candidates with a higher position on a party-list. The system was introduced 21 years ago at More...

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By The Publisher On Monday, August 10th, 2020
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Electoral reform: the Lynch-law under review – part 1/2

PHILIPSBURG -- The discussion about electoral reform will soon be in full swing, whereby the focus will be on the Lynch-law – actually, an article in the current electoral law that determines who gets elected: More...

By The Publisher On Sunday, August 9th, 2020
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Every voter must buy a copy of this book

“The Constitution of Sint Maarten – When it is time to vote” By author Hensley G.A. Plantijn A book review for StMaartenNews.com by Terrance Rey ~ People must buy this book if they want to fully understand More...

By The Publisher On Sunday, October 6th, 2019
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An Elected Prime Minister for Sint Maarten

Legal opinion piece titled “An Elected Prime Minister for Sint Maarten” by attorney at law and member of our legal review committee, Mr. Reynold Groeneveldt. Introduction: In our current Governmental More...

By The Publisher On Monday, September 2nd, 2019
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Parliamentary Inquiry costs more and still you have no legal binding outcome

Dear editor, If you claim ownership of land and problems occur about the claim, you can go to court and ask a verdict. The judge will check the claim related to the civil code and eventually other legislation in More...

By The Publisher On Thursday, February 28th, 2019
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Politically Exposed Persons in the crosshairs of money laundering legislation

PHILIPSBURG - The draft national ordinance that aims to regulate the fight against money laundering and terrorism financing embraces all forty recommendations of the Financial Action Task Force. One of these recommendations More...

By The Publisher On Friday, June 22nd, 2018
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Democratic Deficit in The Kingdom of The Netherlands

Introduction. Curacao and Dependencies  comprising of Curacao, Aruba and Bonaire together with St. Eustatius and Dependencies comprising of St. Eustatius, St. Maarten and  Saba were Dutch colonies from 1815 until More...

By The Publisher On Saturday, April 21st, 2018
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TYPES OF LAWS, RULES AND REGULATIONS OF COUNTRY SINT MAARTEN

Our Country is often referred to as a State of Law (Rechtstaat). This means that our Country is governed by the rule of law, and that every formal decision of the state must be based on a law and the authority provided More...

By The Publisher On Tuesday, April 17th, 2018
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DEMISSIONARY OR INTERIM CABINET?

As a young country with its many political challenges, there is a need to understand the various mechanisms and tools available in a democracy laid down in our Constitution. The past seven and a half years have More...

By The Publisher On Monday, April 16th, 2018
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THE RIGHT TO DISSOLVE PARLIAMENT

The Constitution stipulates that the term of the Parliament is 4 years, however article 59 also provides that the Council of Ministers (the Cabinet) can make use of its right of dissolution and dissolve the Parliament More...