Published On: Wed, Oct 23rd, 2013

LPM applauds local government elections in Trinidad

Trinidad and TobagoCASTRIES, St Lucia -- The results of Monday’s local government elections in Trinidad and Tobago provide living proof of democracy at its best, the Lucian People's Movement (LPM) said.

"In an enlightened age when most countries are moving toward embracing a transparent and progressive system that allows for greater participation of the people in the governance of their country, it is unconscionable that the Saint Lucia Labour Party government would show such reluctance to implementing the local government election process that would allow for the decentralization of power," the LPM said in a press statement.

The people of Saint Lucia deserve the exact same rights as those that were afforded to the people of Trinidad and Tobago on Monday, the statement continued.

"No ruling party should be allowed to operate with impunity and without checks and balances for the entire duration of a five-year term. This is not healthy for democracy, and it's not healthy for the progressive development of any country," the LPM added.

"Democracy is a legitimate process that the government of Saint Lucia should consider restoring throughout the island, in order to revitalize communities and allow the voices of the Saint Lucian people to be heard at all levels of governance," the statement concluded.

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