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The House of Representatives on Tuesday (December 14) passed a resolution for an extension of the postponement of Local Government elections to no later than March 31, 2011.
State Minister with responsibility for Local Government in the office of the Prime Minister, Hon. Robert Montague, who piloted the resolution, noted that the decision was based on recommendations from the National Advisory Commission on Local Government Reform.
“There are several recommendations on which there was no consensus to be revisited and also additional recommendations in the final report that needs to be given consideration. A revised timetable for completing the local government reform process is therefore now required,” Mr. Montague said.
Another consideration for the postponement of the elections was the non-gazetting of the recommendations for division boundaries in Portmore as the government was committed to making the municipality the island’s 15th parish.
The State Minister said that the resolution to extend the postponement of the local government election date does not prevent the Prime Minister, Hon. Bruce Golding, from announcing an election before that time.
The Opposition, through its Spokesman Colin Fagan, said it could not accept another delay in the calling of the elections. “We cannot continue to postpone local government like this,” Mr. Fagan said.
After calling for a divide vote, the Government used its majority numbers to approve the Parish Council General Election postponement Act 2010 extension resolution and the Kingston and St. Andrew general election 2010 Postponement Act.