No Local Govt. Elections without legislative reforms – PNCR
The hosting of the long-awaited Local Government Elections has seemingly hit another snag as the People’s National Congress Reform has by way of letter to the Guyana Elections Commission urged that the legislative reforms be implemented before holding any elections.
In the letter dispatched and addressed to Dr. Steve Surujbally, GECOM ‘s Chairman and signed by Leader of the Opposition, Robert Corbin, he expressed the concerns of his party among other that, the commission was continuing its preparation for the holding of Local Government Elections without the implementation of Local Government Reform as required by the Constitution.
More particularly, the Opposition Leader pointed out that, some sections of the Constitution have not yet been adequately provided for by legislation.
He urged Dr Surujbally to take whatever action the commission deems appropriate to ensure that the Constitutional requirements for a fully reformed Local Government System are met before the holding of Elections.
Corbin reaffirmed his party’s position that it is fully mobilized and ready to participate in a “properly run and constitutionally held Local Government elections.”
He cited the fact that recently, following decisions taken by the PNCR’s Central Executive Committee, he, Corbin, conveyed to President Bharrat Jagdeo the position of the PNCR on this matter.
A week ago, the PNCR met and consulted with representatives of the Alliance For Change (AFC) and GAP-ROAR and also conveyed the position of the PNCR.
At the meetings referred to, the President, according to Corbin, undertook to have the matter discussed at the level of the Central Committee of the PPP. The AFC undertook to do likewise.
“Since then, the AFC has publicly stated its position and we await a public statement from the PPP on this matter.”
Corbin in his letter also stated that when the agreement for the new House to House Registration was signed by all political parties and GECOM in 2007, “the clear understanding of all was that the Reforms were to be completely implemented.”