PNP Councillor Caucus says it will continue to advocate for holding of local government election.
The People’s National Party Councillor Caucus has stated that it will continue to advocate for the governing Jamaica Labour Party to call the local government election.
The caucus held a press briefing Thursday during which PNP mayors, Norman Scott, Leon Thomas and former mayor, Councillor Scean Barnswell, voiced their concerns about the decision of the JLP administration to postpone the election yet again.
The PNP cannot reverse the decision, as the government does not need the support of the opposition to amend the legislation, only the signature of the Governor General.
The bill seeking the amendment to the legislation to facilitate the postponement will go before the senate Friday , having been passed in Parliament on Tuesday. It only requires a simple majority vote by government senators to be approved, as local government is an ordinary provision in the Constitution.
When asked by reporters if the PNP is considering legal action, Spanish Town Mayor Norman Scott said the court process would take too long.
He said the PNP will continue to lobby the government.
Meantime, the group has described the postponement of the local government election, as a breach of the democratic process.
Councillor for the Hayes Division in Clarendon, Scean Barnswell said the governing JLP has deprived citizens of their right to choose.
He noted that several divisions are without proper representation.
Mr. Barnswell said the provisions of the local governance act, need to be entrenched, in order to prevent unwarranted postponements.