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Western Nations and key business, civil society leaders call for legislative push towards local Gov’t Polls – 26th Jun 2013

shot0005The Parliamentary Select Committee on Local Government has finally fine-tuned the four bills, which the diplomats and local business and civil society leaders say are necessary to establish a more modern and effective system of local governance.

They want the Bills passed before the upcoming annual Parliamentary recess, which lasts for two months beginning August 10th.

Those joining forces in calling for the early passage of the four Local Government reform Bills are the British High Commission,  Delegation of the European Union, the US Embassy, the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Guyana Association of Women Lawyers, the Guyana Bar Association, the Guyana Manufacturing and Services Association  the Guyana Trades Union Congress, the High Commission of Canada, the Private Sector Commission and the Transparency Institute.

The signatories to the joint statement pledged to support the Guyana Elections Commission, the Government of Guyana and Civil Society organisations as they move forward to prepare for Local Government Polls this year.

They quoted the constitution which states that “Local Government is a vital aspect of democracy and shall be recognised so as to involve as many people as possible in the task of managing and developing the communities in which they live.”

The diplomats and business and civil society leaders said Local Government elections makes possible the active civic participation that leads to better services, increased investment, and greater accountability and transparency, all of which contribute to better governance and stronger communities.

Local Government elections were last held in 1994.

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