Local Government Elections

Local Government bill goes to JSC

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.

Hosein: No move to postpone Local Govt polls

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.

Local Gov't Elections: UNC eyes 14 corporations, PNM moves to retain 7

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.