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Opposition accuses gov't of political opportunism

Published:Tuesday | November 8, 2016 | 11:04 PM
According to Paulwell, the government is using the separation of the two local authorities to shore up its political position in St Catherine.

The Parliamentary Opposition is accusing the Government of political opportunism with the timing of the tabling of legislation to separate the Portmore Municipal Council from the St Catherine Parish Council.

Leader of Opposition Business in the House of Representatives, Phillip Paulwell, says the opposition received notice of the bill yesterday afternoon and a copy of the document this morning.

According to Paulwell, the government is using the separation of the two local authorities to shore up its political position in St Catherine.

He says even though the Portmore municipality has its own autonomy its councillors sit in the St Catherine Parish Council and participate in activities.

The opposition People’s National Party controls both the Portmore municipality and the St Catherine Parish Council.

Paulwell says the government’s action raises serious questions especially in light of the fact that Nomination Day for the local government elections is three days away.

 

Leader of Opposition Business in the House of Representatives, Phillip Paulwell

He says the opposition will register is objection to the legislation when it’s tabled in the House this afternoon for debate.

We were unable to get a comment from Leader of Government Business in the House of Representative, Derrick Smith.