Cooperative Republic of Guyana
  • STATE PAPER ON THE RE-ORGANISATION OF THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT SYSTEM IN GUYANA

    1. BACKGROUND AND RATIONALE

     

    1. (1) By Resolution NO. CXXIII of 21st July, 1978, the National Assembly established a Constituent Assembly (1) for the purpose of devising a new Constitution for Guyana. This Constitution, the first to be fashioned by the Guyanese people for themselves, was intended to be consistent with and reflect the prevailing ethos, the social objectives and the aspirations of the Guyanese people (2). On 20th January, 1980, the Constituent Assembly completed its work and, in accordance with its terms of reference, submitted a Constitution to the National Assembly. On the 4th February, 1980, the Constitution of the Co-operative Republic Bill, 1980, was introduced in the National Assembly for the purpose of enabling the Constitution submitted by the Constituent Assembly to be considered, debated and, if the Parliament so willed, to be enacted into law. The Bill was passed with amendments on 14th February, 1980 and received the President’s assent on the 20th February, 1980 (3). Such a far reaching enterprise as the elaboration of a new Constitution of necessity had implications for and impinged upon every aspect of national life, not the least important being the Local Government System.