Lo­cal govern­ment

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Suresh Chand, Nadi

The mu­nic­i­pal elec­tions will be called once the lo­cal govern­ment re­form is done. This is ac­cord­ing to re­ports in the me­dia.

The sooner it is held, the bet­ter it is for all in the coun­try. Ratepay­ers would be very happy if the elec­tion is con­ducted to­mor­row.

It is be­cause with elec­tions re­turns democ­racy, trans­parency and ac­count­abil­ity not to men­tion ratepay­ers’ ease of ac­ces­si­bil­ity and say in the de­vel­op­ment of their re­spec­tive towns. When an elected coun­cil re­turns, the fi­nan­cial bur­den pay­ing the spe­cial ad­min­is­tra­tors will stop.

If that hap­pens, the coun­try saves ap­prox­i­mately $400,000 to $450,000 an­nu­ally. For a coun­try like Fiji, this is a huge sav­ing. The sav­ings can be given to the poor town­ships as grants. I see changes al­ready tak­ing place in some coun­cil where there are no spe­cial ad­min­is­tra­tors. Lau­toka, Ba and Tavua don’t have any spe­cial ad­min­is­tra­tor from 2014. This a good start but I be­lieve it should be stan­dard­ised across the board.

Let the chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer alone man­age their re­spec­tive towns and cities like the three mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties men­tioned above un­til elec­tions are held. I hope my sug­ges­tion is taken on board for the good of our beloved na­tion.

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