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Local government elections delayed

Published: Thursday February 10, 2011 | 8:45 am Comments 0
State minister with responsibility for local government, Robert Montague -Contributed
State minister with responsibility for local government, Robert Montague -Contributed

Debbie-ann Wright, Assistant News Editor

The Jamaican Government has announced its intention to further delay the local government polls.

This will be the third time the polls, which are constitutionally due every two years, will be delayed since the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) administration came into office in 2007.

Yesterday, state minister with responsibility for local government, Robert Montague, introduced two bills in Parliament to postpone the elections.

The memorandum of objects and reasons tabled by the state minister has given three reasons for the delay.

The government is claiming it needs more time to implement elements of local government reform and that plans have not been finalised to establish Portmore as the fifteenth parish.

The documents also state that there is need to facilitate efficient data collection under the 2011 Population and Housing census, which would be affected by electioneering.

debbie-ann.wright@gleanerjm.com

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