‘Reform Local Gov’t Process’: Montague, Tufton


Opposition Senator Robert Montague is calling for the Jamaican constitution to be amended to prevent the Government from moving to postpone local government elections unless it’s forced to do so.

Senator Montague made the call while addressing the upper house of parliament this morning.

He expressed disappointment with a bill that’s currently before the Senate which proposes to amend the constitution to postpone the parish council polls.

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Senator Montague says move to postpone the parish council polls is an insult to the people.

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Christopher Tufton

Former Agriculture Minister and Opposition Senator Dr. Christopher Tufton is recommending that legislation be brought to parliament to correct what he says are institutionalized weaknesses in the local government process.

Senator Tufton made the recommendation while he addressed the Senate this morning.
He says additional local government-related bills should be brought to parliament.

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Senator Tufton says provisions should be made for parish development committees across the country to be allocated more resources.

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Abka Fitz-Henley is a multiple award-winning journalist who is currently the Senior Reporter at Nationwide News Network (NNN). His primary areas of focus are Court, Crime and Parliamentary proceedings. Fitz-Henley was recently recognized in the regional celebrity magazine publication Panache as “The Breaking News Boss”. At 21 years of age, following his 1st year in media, Fitz-Henley was recognized with the Young Journalist of the year award from The Press Association of Jamaica and went on to cop one of the country’s highest recognized journalism prizes, the Journalist of the Year Award. He’s also been awarded the prestigious Corporate Jamaica Broilers Fairplay 1st place Award for investigative journalism and is the recipient of the Caribbean Blog Award for coverage of the infamous Kartel murder trial. Fitz-Henley is also the recipient of the PM Youth Award for Excellence. Over the years, he has appeared as a guest on the BBC World Service and BBC London.