In what appeared to be more of a general election campaign rather than a local government rally, United National Congress political leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar dished out a list of promises if her party returns to power.
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Despite local government reform being a 2015 election promise of the People’s National Movement, the legislation that would give more autonomy to municipal corporations will not be ready ahead of the December 2 Local Government Elections.
The Elections and Boundaries Commission (EBC) is encouraging all political parties and registered electors (in Trinidad) to examine the Preliminary List of Electors, which has been sent to each of the polling divisions, for the upcoming Local Government Elections.
According to an official notice issued by the EBC and signed off by the Chief Election Officer, all qualified electors are urged to make an earnest effort to examine the List to ensure that their names and addresses are correctly recorded.
After some initial hesitation, Sangre Grande corporation chairman Terry Rondon is scheduled to be screened tonight by the ruling PNM for the Toco/Fishing Pond seat in the upcoming Local Government Elections.
Why doesn’t Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar want corporation mayors and councillors to get full-time pay?
That’s the question Attorney General Faris Al-Rawi posed in Parliament during Wednesday night’s debate on the Municipal Corporations Amendment Bill, commonly known as the Local Government Reform Bill.
Local Government Minister Kazim Hosein has denied Opposition claims that Government’s Local Government reform bill includes a clause to facilitate a “backdoor” approach” to postpone Local Government polls.
Hosein confirmed this recently after Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar last week called for clarification on the Miscellaneous Provisions (Local Government Reform) Bill 2019 which was laid in the House of Representatives, just over a week ago.