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.
The United National Congress (UNC) is eyeing eight of the 14 regional corporations in this year’s Local Government elections, while the People’s National Movement (PNM) is confident they can retain more than the seven councils they currently control.
Though the UNC rules the roost at six corporations- Couva/Tabaquite/Talparo, Mayaro/Rio Claro, Penal /Debe, Princes Town and Siparia, they want to add to its list Tunapuna/Piarco and Sangre Grande according to the party’s deputy political leader David Lee.