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No decision yet on local govt polls
If the local government election are postponed it will be for good reasons, says Housing Minister Dr Roodal Moonilal. He was responding to questions from the media at Soomai Trace, Debe on Monday night about increasing calls for local government elections to be held.
“No decision has been taken on local government elections as yet,” he said, “but I think the national community also understands that we are involved in a very comprehensive reform exercise that involves policy formulation, it involves legislation restructuring organisation for local government, and if it is that local government election has to be postponed it will be postponed for very good reasons. It has nothing to do with the practical part of politics.”
Cabinet recently considered a white paper on local government reform, which contains several proposals including extending the life of local government from a three to a four year term. Two weeks ago Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar said United National Congress (UNC) councillors had asked for the elections to be postponed. The life of the local government councils expired on July 26.
Under the Constitution the Government has 90 days from that date to call elections. However, Moonilal said: “This is not the first time it has happened so I am sure it would not be the last...But no decision has been taken so we will await. There are further discussions and then an appropriate decision will be taken by government.” Under the Patrick Manning administration local elections were postponed three times.
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