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AFC accuseas Gov’t of deliberately delaying the process of assenting to Local Gov’t Bills

guyana-gov-apnu-afc-shared-governnanceToday is exactly 21 days after the National Assembly passed the four Bills that will govern the reform process of Local Government elections. Speaking on the matter, the leader of the Alliance For Change Khemraj Ramjattan said that there is no role for the Attorney General’s Chamber when it comes to vetting Bills that have been passed by the National Assembly.

Ramjattan said that if indeed the bills are still at the AG’s chambers, there is no constitutional provision to allow this.

Speaking on the matter earlier, Clerk of the National Assembly, Sherlock Isaacs said that the Bills were sent to the AG’s office  to be scrutinized. He explained that this was a convention and not a statutory requirement.

The AFC Chief Executive said that he has brought the issue to the attention of the Speaker of the National Assembly, Raphael Trotman and he has indicated that he will engage the Office of the President on the matter.

GECOM’s boss Dr. Steve Surujbally had earlier indicated that the Commission will be ready for elections within six months, once the President assents to the Bill.

Also the U.S. Ambassador Brent Hardt said his Government is supportive of Local Government reform in Guyana and will assist GECOM in preparing for this through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), via a public education campaign on Local Government.

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