Wednesday, October 23, 2013

PM Kamla says Chaguanas Borough result shows PR is a more democratic system

Local Government Election result - a divided state?
Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar said on Wednesday the result of the Local Government Election in the Chaguanas Borough Corporation presents an opportunity for the “full positive impact of proportional representation to be felt by the citizens.” 

She made the comment in a media release in relation to the 4-4-4 polling result for the Corporation, that is yet to be confirmed by the Elections and Boundaries Commission.

"My Government’s delivery of Proportional Representation reforms was intended to strengthen the democratic process by increasing the value of each vote. This means that we now have an opportunity to ensure elected officials work together, without citizens being concerned that their interests are being brokered and horse-traded purely for power," she said. 

"Without this change in law, the PNM would have attained disproportionate power to make Corporation decisions," she added.

"On Monday evening when I spoke with the nation, I was clear that reforms will now compel all Councillors and all Aldermen to work together to ensure that every discussion, decision and project MUST be hinged purely on the needs of the people," the PM said.

She also reminded the nation of the number of issues raised during the election campaign with respect to several candidates who have faced and are currently facing various charges.

"I also make clear that while my Government will work with anyone to ensure that our citizens receive the services and benefits they deserve, we will not engage in any negotiations with any party which supports criminals. To do that will not only be flying in the face of democracy, but also a subversion of the political process," Persad-Bissessar stated.

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