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APNU looks for Loval Government elections this year despite the lack of optimism by the Government – 4th Jul 2013

shot0005The main opposition party, the APNU said it remains confident that Local Government elections can be held this year.

This is despite the Local Government Minister Ganga Persaud saying the chances of elections this year are slim. The APNU also highlighted efforts by the Local Government Minister to prevent this process.

Ronald Bulkan executive member of the party, speaking at a press briefing, said the PPP/C Government has been trying to prevent the liberation of the Local Democratic Organs.

Local Government elections hinges on the passage of four pieces of legislation, which would reform the local Government system. These bills are the Fiscal Transfer Bill, the Municipal and District Council (Amendment) Bill, the Local Government (Amendment) Bill and the Local Government Commission Bill.

Attorney-At-Law and APNU Member of Parliament Basil Williams who chairs the Parliamentary Sub-Committee said that the decisions of the committee have largely been by consensus on certain provisions.

One of the burning questions is whether President Donald Ramotar will assent to the bills with the opposition holding the majority in the National Assembly.

The diplomatic community, business and civil society leaders have been calling for Local Government elections to be held this year. The last Local Governments elections was held in 1994.

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