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29 bills in two weeks

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Twenty nine bills in ten days a record by any measure. That’s how many bills were passed in the LA on Monday (24 October).

Legislators  engaged in the painstaking process of going through each bill clause by clause in committee stage to make amendments where necessary. One such bill was the Election Law which takes Cayman from multi-member districts to single member constituencies.

Amendments to the Bill generated debate during committee stage as East End MLA Arden McLean picked apart the clauses, in particular, those related to party registration and de-registration. “What they are trying to do is control the process and you cannot control the process in such truncated process, you cannot, you cannot do that,” Mr McLean said.

Premier Hon. Alden McLaughlin denied the MLAs assertions, explaining, the amendments were needed to establish a party registry and those provisions form part of that. Subsequent amendments were made to the bill.

About the author

Reshma Ragoonath

Reshma Ragoonath

Reshma Ragoonath is a Trinidadian journalist with 18 years media experience with a strong background in print with her most recent stint at The Cayman Reporter. She has a BA in Mass Communications, as well as, an Associate degree in Journalism and Public Relations.

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