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Opposition Leader Dr. Keith Rowley and Prime Minister Kamla Persad Bissessar (File Photo)

Opposition Leader Dr. Keith Rowley and Prime Minister Kamla Persad Bissessar (File Photo)The main opposition People’s National Movement (PNM) has described as “vulgar” the decision of the government to amend the Municipal Corporations Act to introduce the concept of proportional representation in Trinidad and Tobago.

Prime Minister Kamla Persad Bissessar, announcing the October 21 date for the Local Government election, said that her administration plans to introduce the concept of proportional representation that has been advocated as a fairer and stronger system for several years.

“The idea was that parties should have a slate of Senators that is known beforehand to the public at a general election. Seats in the Senate would be allocated in accordance with the number of votes cast for a party…. It will represent a historic foray into the virgin territory of proportionate representation which many feel, is an idea whose time has come.”

But in a statement, Opposition and PNM leader Dr. Keith Rowley said that the move is a “vulgarity, a hastily cobbled together initiative offered not unlike what was attempted during the recent Tobago House of Assembly (THA) election when the Prime Minister brought a bad bill to Parliament purporting to give Tobago internal self-government”.

Rowley said after that the resounding defeat in the Tobago elections, the proposed legislation for internal self government “without further attention, was quietly allowed to lapse.

“On this occasion the Prime Minister floated the trial balloon of postponing the Local Government Election. Vigorous public rejection has resulted in the Government withdrawing from that option which it had placed on the table.

“They have now come up with this patently self-serving attempt aimed at improving their party's chances of winning places through proportional representation.”

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Comment by evolution on August 31, 2013 at 5:36pm

Them Indians aint nothing nice in Trinidad.

Comment by caribbeanrose on August 30, 2013 at 3:53pm

Time for Kamla to step down. She is the worst PM of T&T. The worst ever!!!!!!!!!! Title is very misleading what a waste of my time

Comment by Mervin E Yearwood on August 30, 2013 at 3:16pm

I'm with Qupet my party name is Vulgar running in Cova

Comment by Sarah Sankarsingh on August 30, 2013 at 2:51pm
Lol at Qupet
Comment by Qupet on August 30, 2013 at 2:44pm
I think I will go and start my own political party. It's call the RAI.
Comment by Ripper on August 30, 2013 at 2:29pm
Thought I was gonna vulger photos. Oh well

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