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Local Authorities (Elections) (Amendment) Bill 2012 – Bill No. 2 of 2012

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Published Date: 15 Mar, 2012 | Speech delivered at: 4th Sitting - Tenth Parliament

Minister in the Ministry of Local Government and Regional Development [Mr. Whittaker]: Thank you very much Mr. Speaker. Hon. Members, the PPP and the PPP/C Government have always viewed Local Government Reform and the need to have Local Government elections, as important not only for development, but also important for the renewal of grassroots democracy in our country. We want to hold Local Government elections. We want to hold Local Government elections today; tonight. We want to hold Local Government elections so that we can bring much needed reinvigoration into the Local Government bodies and by extension the very...

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Approval of Government’s Policy in President’s Address

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Published Date: 15 Mar, 2012 | Speech delivered at: 4th Sitting - Tenth Parliament

Mr. Rohee: Mr. Speaker, I rise to support the motion, endorsing the President’s speech at the opening of the 10th Parliament. I do so by first of all referring to page 11 of his speech, which states, “My entire political career was shaped within a political party that have always been grounded within the working class and I would do all that is possible to enhance the skills and capacity of the working people so that they would be able to enhance their earning power. I intend to ensure that workers in Guyana are not left on the...

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Approval of Government’s Policy in President’s Address

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Published Date: 15 Mar, 2012 | Speech delivered at: 4th Sitting - Tenth Parliament

Mr. Nagamootoo: Thank you Mr. Speaker. Thank you very much, Your Honour, for the initiative that you have taken to reflect that in this Parliament that there are three sides and we are grateful for the humble accommodation to make that third side, although it is a tight fit. So I crave your indulgence as I try to move a little so that I can get some standing space. The current Parliament is one which has had a fresh breath of democratic air blown through its hallowed walls. In its reconstituted state, it must remain sacrosanct and it must guarantee...

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Local Authorities (Elections) (Amendment) Bill 2012 – Bill No. 2 of 2012

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Published Date: 15 Mar, 2012 | Speech delivered at: 4th Sitting - Tenth Parliament

Mr. Nadir: Thank you, Mr. Speaker. First let me offer my congratulations to the Hon. Member, Mr. Bulkan, on his maiden presentation and while we listened attentively, because he just arrived on the scene, he has a lot of shortcomings in terms of how the history has been written, a lot of short comings, but he did have a very steady presentation and we on this side commend the Hon. Member… [Interruption by Members of the Opposition] We really like his enthusiasm of wanting to move the process forward. I will advise the Hon. Member that moving the process...

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Approval of Government’s Policy in President’s Address

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Published Date: 15 Mar, 2012 | Speech delivered at: 4th Sitting - Tenth Parliament

Mr. Hinds: I rise to move the motion standing in my name that we, the Tenth Parliament of Guyana, at this sitting of the National Assembly, commend and thank His Excellency for his address made at the ceremonial opening of the Tenth Parliament of Guyana on Friday, 10th February, 2012, and approve the policy adumbrated therein. We must, first of all, think of the circumstances in which our President would have had to frame his address, and in which we must consider it. As we know, after our citizens, who were moved to do so November last, 28th, had cast their...

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Local Authorities (Elections) (Amendment) Bill 2012 – Bill No. 2 of 2012

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Published Date: 15 Mar, 2012 | Speech delivered at: 4th Sitting - Tenth Parliament

Mr. Hamilton: Thank you very much, Mr. Speaker. When I was asked to speak on this Bill I sought to go to the library here to look at the arguments over the last five years for this simple piece of legislation. What I noted was that there were long discussions and arguments similar to what I have heard this evening. The fact of the matter is, the Hon. Minister, in my view, has brought a simple piece of legislation here, as indicated, very straight forward, in his presentation that it is his wish that we work together to address the...

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Approval of Government’s Policy in President’s Address

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Published Date: 15 Mar, 2012 | Speech delivered at: 4th Sitting - Tenth Parliament

Mr. Greenidge: Thank you very much, Mr. Speaker. I rise to address the presentation by His Excellency Mr. Donald Ramotar. Unfortunately, in spite of the preceding contributions that we have been privileged to have listen to tonight I cannot bring myself to embrace the invocation of Prime Minister Hinds to express thanks and appreciation for the speech and its contents. Minister Benn informed us a little while ago that the President is the first complete Guyanese; well, if that is true, I can certainly commend him for that. I do believe him to be a very personable politician who has...

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Approval of Government’s Policy in President’s Address

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Published Date: 15 Mar, 2012 | Speech delivered at: 4th Sitting - Tenth Parliament

Leader of the Opposition [Brigadier (Ret’d) Granger]: Thank you Mr. Speaker. The Ceremonial Opening of Parliament should be much more than a spectacular event. It should be an opportunity to review the previous session of Parliament and should be an opportunity to present an outline of the priorities, the policies and the programmes and, particularly, the proposed legislation for the new session. The text of the President’s Address to this Hon. House, although much shorter than some of the presentations this evening, should be a comprehensive document, one that is carefully prepared by the entire Cabinet....

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Local Authorities (Elections) (Amendment) Bill 2012 – Bill No. 2 of 2012

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Published Date: 15 Mar, 2012 | Speech delivered at: 4th Sitting - Tenth Parliament

Minister of Local Government and Regional Development [Mr. G. Persaud]: Mr. Speaker, I am humbly requesting that the Local Authorities (Elections) (Amendment) Bill 2012 – Bill No. 2 of 2012 which is standing in my name be read a second time. In so doing I wish to state that I will not take up much of the House’s time in presenting this Bill. I am of the view that we in this House will have no problem in passing this amendment. Local Government Elections could not take place during the year 2011 because of the Constitutional requirement of holding General and Regional...

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Local Authorities (Elections) (Amendment) Bill 2012 – Bill No. 2 of 2012

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Published Date: 15 Mar, 2012 | Speech delivered at: 4th Sitting - Tenth Parliament

Mr. Bulkan: Thank you Mr. Speaker. Colleagues and Hon. Members, I rise on behalf of the APNU in relation to the Bill. The Hon. Member, Mr. Ganga Persaud, the Minister of Local Government and Regional Development has indeed suggested  that we on this side of the House will have no problem in supporting the motion which seeks the postponement, yet again, of Local Government Elections. I note the Hon. Minister says that the Government remains aggressively committed to seeing that these elections are held as soon as possible, and as he says, under the new Local Government System. I...

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