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Elections next year instead

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KINGSTON – The senate gave approval to two bills postponing local government elections till 2011, on Friday.
The elections which were to be held by June 30 this year are now scheduled to be held no later than March 30, 2011.
Bills amending the Kingston and St Andrew Corporation Act and the Parish Councils Act to allow for the postponement were passed after being piloted through the senate by leader of government business Senator Dorothy Lightbourne. They were passed by the House of Representatives on Tuesday.
Among the reasons Senator Lightbourne highlighted for the postponement were the state of emergency in effect in the Corporate Area, which may be extended; the ongoing local government reform programme, of which significant elements are yet to be effected; and the proposed establishment of Portmore as the fifteenth parish, which is incomplete. (Jamaica Observer)