St. Maarten Coat of Arms decision is up to the parliament

POSTED: 02/24/11 12:11 PM

St. Maarten – The Executive Council took a final decision about the Coat of Arms for St. Maarten in September, Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams, but the decision was not tabled in the Island Council for approval. The prime minister wrote this in an e-mail response to questions from The Today Newspaper that she also read out at Wednesday’s Council of Ministers press briefing.

“Our constitution states that our Coat of Arms must be established by national ordinance, so the parliament will have to establish such,” the prime minister stated.

The design that was heavily criticized in an anonymous letter to The Today Newspaper will be the one that the government presents.

“We will submit the design as it stands. Whether the parliament will accept it as approved by the island territory remains to be seen,” she added.

The prime minister said that the project for the development of a Coat of Arms started several years ago with Dumbar studios as external coordinator.

“A local sounding board was part of the organization. It got public feedback along the way. An initial presentation was made to the island council and some amendments were suggested,” Wescot-Williams added.

The anonymous letter this newspaper reported about on the opinion page yesterday, suggested more or less that the design Dumbar Studios has published on its web site is definite. The prime minister has now made clear that this is not the case.

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