Written by Staff Writer
02 May, 2016 | 7:47 pm
Elaborating on the current situation, Minister of Provincial Councils and Local Government Faiszer Musthapha stateds that more time is required to hear appeals for the delimitation of the local government.
Minister of Provincial Councils and Local Government, Faiszer Musthapha stated that he had given time till August for the Delimitation Committee, but more time is needed at present.
He added that the elections can only be held at the beginning of next year and not before. Journalists raised questions whether the election can be held in January next year, and asked whether there is a possibility for it to change as well.
In reply, the minister stated that he himself, and the government are helpless as the elections cannot be held without completing the delimitation process.
Explaining further, he stated that some state the delimitation of certain local government bodies are done properly and to at least hold elections in those areas. But the minister noting further, stated they are finding it difficult to find such bodies as they have to change the delimitation of more than 1000 divisions.
The Minister added that the process could be completed by August, but witnessing the current situation, a longer time-frame will be required
When he was questioned on the allegations against him that the local government elections aren’t being called because “you are afraid”, Minister Mustapha noted that the Secretary of his alliance asked him to hold elections since an advantageous opportunity had arisen for them at that point, but he had refused since it was his responsibility towards the people.
He added that he would do exactly what the General Secretary asked him to do, if the matter was addressed from the political point of view.
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