High drama unfolds as Gov’t passes Local Government Bill

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By Jomo Paul

Minister of Communities, Ronald Bulkan. [iNews' Photo]
Minister of Communities, Ronald Bulkan. [iNews’ Photo]
[www.inewsguyana.com] – On a history of passionately rejecting “onerous” Bills tabled by Government, the Opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP) walked out the National Assembly and avoided all debate and talk on the Local Authorities Amendment Bill 2015 on Thursday evening.

As Communities Minister Ronald Bulkan rose to present the Bill to the National Assembly, so did the members of the PPP – walking out of parliaments chambers. The Party only returned after the Bill would have been passed by the Government.

The Municipal and Local District Councils and Local Authorities (Elections) (Amendment) Bill seeks to amend the Municipal and District Council Act, Chapter 28:01, to provide clarity regarding its application with respect to the new local government system.

It also seeks to amend the Local Authorities (Elections) Act, Chapter 28: 03, to ensure consistency in its application as obtains in the Municipal and District Councils Act.

Bulkan, in giving his statement on the Bill brought in his name, made it clear that contrary to reports it is not “onerous” nor does it make it harder for smaller Parties and individuals to contest Local Government Elections.

In fact, Bulkan pointed out that the Bill clarifies statements in the Local Authorities Act that contradict Chapter 28:03 of Guyana’s constitution.

“All this Bill does is to seek to provide clarity to that number and the PR list for any Party in a constituency has no bearing…,” said Bulkan.

Bulkan stated that the Bill ensures the right to local democracy and is about “handing power to the people.”

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PPP Parliamentarians walking out of the Parliament Chambers.

“What this Bill does is – investing in local democracy (which is) unheard of from those members on the other side of the House,” said the Communities Minister.

Public Infrastructure Minister, David Patterson who rose to support the motion stated that the amendment does not in any way affect the rights of individuals in any constituency.

“The reason the opposition is absent has nothing to do with consultation it is a pattern which I do feel they will frustrate the efforts of this administration to hold local government elections,” said Patterson.

The Bill and its amendments were passed with no objection after it was considered in the Committee of the National Assembly.

22 COMMENTS

  1. Bigup you got it all wrong bro. If you read my comments you know where I stand. I said before that all them old horses that we have in politics need to retire and that includes PPP and PNC and find someone like Walter Rodney who was there for all Guyanese. I was in full support of this new government but got a lot of disappointment. Looks like we jump out of the frying pan into the fire. That is where I stand and I think I am as fair as ever.

  2. Listen up Frank Irving I despise individuals like you. We do not need to justify to you that yes Dr. Jagan SR was indeed the “Father Of The Nation” . Put a sock in it.

  3. Carl you are as BITTER AS YOUR PPP CABALS FROM ALL INDICATIONS YOUR MIND IS ONETRACK ALONG RACIAL LINE COUPLED WITH YOUR POOR LEVEL OF INTELLIGENCE.Stop being a dumbo and be realistic,call a spade a spade and what has the PPP done for your during their 23 yrs of terrorism,nepotism,racism,extra judicial killing of over 423 BLACK MALES JUST TO MENTION A FEW.THE PPP WILL NEVER AGAIN SEE THE LIGHT OF POWER SINCE THE ALMIGHTY AND THE GUYANESE MASES WILL NEVER MAKE SUCH A MISTAKE.THEY WERE THE MOST CORRUPT GOVT IN THE HISTORY OF GUYANA AND THE WORLD AT LARGE.

  4. I believe,the PPP has become as MAD as MADURO who has fought a lost battle.It is a tradition of this party,when things are not going its way,to react the way it does.The lies and flies will keep coming out of its mouth at regular intervals.It has lost its way long before the last elections,and is dying a cruel death.The BLIND is leading the BLIND to nowhere.

  5. For 23 years they suck Guyana dry ..stole and give away to their friends and family…..violated our constitution by not holding LGE now they running because the new government is putting things in place to hold LGE…poor PPP they are so afraid of LGE.

  6. When will Guyanese Unite. Stop with this PNC and PPP bulls**t and let us live as the Citizens of Guyana. As a Law Enforcement Officer I know this bill have some people sweating in their boots, only time will tell. Happy Holidays ALL

  7. Leonard you should be ashamed to say such things for the man who brought democracy to Guyana and who is known to ALL Guyanese as the father of our nation. Looks like you just came out of a 40 years coma. You missed a lot during those years let someone fill you in.

  8. no this is not on Jagan when fools are holding a conversation it is very wise to leave them by themselves you know the old saying “if you go to crab dance you gon get mud on yourself”

  9. you are correct the show must go on that is the circus been presented to the people of Guyana by the present government

  10. I don’t think uou really know who had sucked Guyana dry. It was the PNC who had destroyed that country. The PPP may not have been perfect and erred in many ways.
    But many people wanted a change of government and everyone deserves a chance but APNU is now beginning to show qualities of a dictatorship and they will never return to power if they continue along those lines.

  11. Bigup you go sing a different song just now. You cant see further than you nose. Just wait and see who go punish soon.

  12. The PPP is hanging themselves slowly but surely since the world atlarge is seeing how bitter and barbaric they are.Who cares about them walking out of parliament,the show must go on and they wI’ll never go back into office.Those corrupt,power hungry and racist parasites that lsucked Guyana dry.

  13. High drama unfolds as Gov’t passes Local Government Bill
    The US installed these power hungry gluts to rule all Guyanese so who cares?
    The Bulkaan man ensuring they do it their way to cling to power despite then majority Guyanese will never vote for them.

  14. POLITICS, POLITICS, BLOODY POLITICS! We have to pay our politicians with our hard-earned tax dollars and they behave like this – and I am not pointing fingers at this most recent “Walk Out”, I am saying this about all the Politicians who have walked out of Parliament over the years and over the decades.

  15. It´s no surprise of the irgorant of PPP to walk out of Parliament, this is the legacy of Jagan, that’s is what Jagan used to do, when the fox can’t get at the grapes, he say it sour.

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