Chairman of the National Coordinating Committee, Ambassador Dr. Clarence Henry, says while there is measurable improvements in the overall acceptance of the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ), his Committee still has much work to do in its on-going public education campaign.
Ambassador Henry made the remark Tuesday at a media briefing to mark the official launch of the NCC’s official website. “I must say there is noticeable progress and greater awareness surrounding the CCJ and the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council (JCPC), as well as measurable acceptance of the information. Nonetheless, there is still significant work to be done to demystify erroneous beliefs concerning the CCJ, while maintaining an atmosphere that is not mired in partisan political politics,” Dr Henry said.
He urged members of the public to ‘know the facts’ on the CCJ and the Privy Council ahead of a vote on Referendum Day.
The NCC Chairman disclosed that over the coming weeks and months, the Committee will intensify the national public education/sensitization campaign. “We will be going into the various communities across Antigua and Barbuda in town hall meetings and other outreach activities,” he stated.
Ambassador Henry described the launch of the website – www.nationalcoordinatingcommittee.com – as another step in the campaign where materials produced over the coming months may be read and visitors to the site will be able to use direct links to both the CCJ and the JCPC websites. “It is also aimed at distilling factual information; respond to questions while providing a vehicle for Antiguans and Barbudans to have clarity on the CCJ and the JCPC,” he remarked.
Also at the launch was the Secretary to the NCC, Barbara Williams, outlined a number of the activities being planned by the NCC as part of the campaign. She said the first town hall meeting takes place on September 05, at the Multi-Purpose Cultural Centre in St John’s.
The website was designed by young Antiguan web-designer, Gamal Goodwin of GProductions who expressed excitement with the product and encouraged all to make good use of the website.