Government has received legal advice that it can postpone the local government election.
The Express understands that attorneys advised the Government yesterday that they can return to the Parliament and move a motion for the life of local government councils to be extended retroactively.
This, however, would require a special majority vote of the House.
Local Government Minister Suruj Rambachan said yesterday while this was an option, no decision had yet been made and this was at the discretion of the Prime Minister.
One parliamentarian who will definitely not be supporting the move to postpone the election is Independent Liberal Party (ILP) interim leader and Chaguanas West MP, Jack Warner.
Warner said the election must be held and “it would take an extremely insensitive Prime Minister to postpone the local government election in view of the national outrage that is seen against such a move”.
“I would not support such a move and I would look on that side to see who will support it when every civic group have said that the election must be held,” said Warner.
Government allowed the local government bodies to die and the terms of all councillors to expire on July 26. That removed the opportunity for a simple extension of the life of the local government bodies.
Local government elections are constitutionally due before the end of October.
Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar had said she personally believes the elections should be held when due but she will also consider the views of UNC councillors who said the election should be postponed to allow the United National Congress (UNC) to regroup following its defeat at the Chaguanas West by-election by Warner.
Warner said yesterday the ILP will be fielding candidates in all electoral districts in all 14 municipalities in the local government elections.
Warner told the Express that this move was made given the overwhelming support for the ILP.
He said if the tactic was to postpone the local government election to kill the momentum of the ILP, that would not happen.
Warner said what goes around comes around and history has a way of repeating itself, pointing out that obstacles did not stop Eric Williams from becoming prime minister of this country.
A release from the ILP stated that the decision to contest all municipal corporations came after a meeting on the party’s interim management committee on Thursday at its Charlieville headquarters.
It stated that 14 regional corporation co-ordinators—one for each municipal corporation— would be appointed to manage the campaigns in the respective areas.
Warner said he will be making further announcements today at a public meeting at Ojoe Road, Sangre Grande.