PM - Chaguanas 'deadlock' an opportunity to work together
“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.
Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar today issued a statement related to the Chaguanas Borough Corporation arising out of Monday's Local Government election, which has effectively resulted in a 4-4-4 polling result. The following is the Prime Minister's statement -
The Local Government Election result in the Chaguanas Borough Corporation presents an opportunity for the “full positive impact of proportional representation to be felt by the citizens,” Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar has said.
In a statement to the media on Wednesday, the Prime Minister was referring to the 4-4-4 polling result for the Corporation, yet to be confirmed by the Elections and Boundaries Commission.
According to PM Persad-Bissessar: “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. Without this change in law, the PNM would have attained disproportionate power to make Corporation decisions.”
PM Persad-Bissessar said: “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 Prime Minister also reminded the nation of the number of revelations made during the Local Government Elections campaign on 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.”