Cooperative Republic of Guyana

Local Authority Election Amendment Bill has second Parliamentary reading


Minister of Communities, Ronald Bulkan.

Minister of Communities, Ronald Bulkan.

The Local Authorities’ (Elections) Amendment Bill was read for the second time today at the National Assembly. The bill was presented by Minister of Communities, Ronald Bulkan who said it seeks to officially restore local government elections.

“This bill seeks to amend six pieces of legislation, namely the Municipal and District Council Act Chapter 28:01, the local government act specifically to Section 28, the Local Authorities Election Act, the Local Democratic Organs Act, Local Authority Elections Amendment Act 1990 to Section 7 and the Election Laws Amendment Act 2000 to Section 7:1”, Minister Bulkan explained.

The bill addresses the terms of offices, tie resolution, plurality principle among other issues. Minister Bulkan noted that if passed, the bill will allow for democratic election of regional leaders at all levels. He stated, “honourable members would be aware of the agenda of this administration to allow for democracy. In this regard to honour article 12 of the constitution which speaks to the democratic organisation of the state.”

The restoration of this bill is in keeping with pledges made by the government to provide citizens with their right of local democracy.

In November, the second Local Government Election  (LGE) will be held. The last was held in 2016, after a lapse of more than two decades. A sum of $3Billion was provided in the national budget to cater for the election.

By: Ranetta La Fleur.

Image: Keno George.