Opposition Leader Granger responds to AG’s statements on Local Gov’t Bills
Opposition Leader, David Granger was responding to the recent statement by the General Secretary of the People’s Progressive Party about A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) taking its argument over the non assent of the four Local Government Bills by President Donald Ramotar to the law court.
The Opposition Leader said given that the National Assembly is the authority over the crafting of laws he believes that the Parliamentary Clerk or Attorney General should not delay on matters of major interest to citizens.
The Government’s chief spokesman Cabinet Secretary Dr. Roger Luncheon during his weekly press briefing sought to justify why the four Bills have not reach the President’s office to be assented.
Dr. Luncheon is holding out that the Bills are not at the President’s desk since it remains at the Attorney General’s Chamber, so it cannot be concluded that the President is deliberately delaying the process to enact the Bills.
The four Bills, which pave the way for Local Government polls, were passed by the National Assembly close to a month ago.
GECOM Chairman Dr. Steve Surujbally has given a six-month time frame from the assent of the President to the Local Government Bills for the commission to be ready for Local Government polls.