Black Friday debate on LG polls

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Lawmakers are taking Trinidad and Tobago closer to the local government election.

The House of Representatives is due to meet next week Friday (Black Friday) to debate changes to certain local government boundaries.

The debate would be part of a discussion on the latest report of the Elections and Boundaries Commission (EBC).

The election debate is the only matter on the Order Paper of the House, which would be meeting for the first time in more than two weeks.

The government had earlier planned to also debate the Privileges and Immunities Order, which pertains to crime and security in Caricom.

But that matter has been withdrawn, and now the government is moving to get approval of its local government plans.

The focus on the EBC report suggests that the government is putting things in place for the election, which is constitutionally due before the end of the year.

Upon approval by the House, the matter would be scheduled for debate in the Senate.

The government is moving to create an additional seat, to be called Carapo, in the Tunapuna-Piarco Regional Corporation.

There are also plans to change the boundaries of four electoral districts in Arima, nine in Tunapuna-Piarco and four in Penal-Debe.

There is a proposal to change the names of three electoral districts in Tunapuna-Piarco.

There are 137 electoral districts in Trinidad’s 14 municipal and regional corporations.

The EBC has provided delineated electoral maps of the constituencies.

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