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Opposition slams non-assent of Local Gov’t Amendment Bill

GINAOpposition political parties have slammed President Donald Ramotar’s refusal to sign the Local Government Amendment Bill.

The main opposition APNU has accused the government of seeking to undermine the holding of Local Government Elections.

On Wednesday, the Head of the Presidential Secretariat Dr Roger Luncheon announced that the President Ramotar has signed into law three of the four Bills which were unanimously passed by the National Assembly three months.

The four pieces of legislation were intended to overhaul the Local Government system and pave the way for local government elections, which were last held in 1994.

The President did not sign the Local Government (Amendment) Bill. According to APNU, that Bill asserts the autonomy of Local Democratic organs and, as such, addresses the very essence of Local democracy.

The party said that the President’s non-assent of the Bill confirms the view that the PPP wishes to retain the archaic colonial powers now vested in the Minister of Local Government.

The Alliance for Change, the AFC, has also heavily criticized the President’s decision.

The government has not made it clear why the Local Government Amendment Bill was not signed; yesterday, Dr Luncheon said that time would determine the fate of the Bill.

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