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Local Government elections postponed

Published: Wednesday December 15, 2010 | 9:00 am with audio | Comments 0

The Jamaican Government has used its majority in parliament to vote for another postponement in local government elections.

Yesterday, the Minister of State with responsibility for Local Government, Robert Montague, moved a resolution for

He said the postponement would allow the National Advisory Commission on Local Government Reform to complete its report as well as for finalisation of the boundaries of the Portmore Municipality.

However, the opposition would not accept the explanations given.

Opposition Spokesman on Local Government, Colin Fagan, said the country could not continue to put off the elections.

He argued that at least three divisions were without councillors and constituents in other divisions were anxious to have their representatives replaced.

However, despite the arguments from the opposition, the resolution to extend the election was passed by 29 votes.

There were 15 votes against the resolution and one abstention.

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Opposition Spokesman on Local Government Colin Fagan.
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