|Governor’s agenda busy before elections||| Print ||
|Written by Richard Greenemail@example.com|
|Wednesday, 20 June 2012 20:48|
The Governor’s Office has announced a busy schedule of tasks to complete before elections are held in November, including announcing the selection of a new deputy governor and enacting the law to implement value-added taxes in April.
In July, a draft of the VAT law will finally reveal details of the new tax that has many residents confused and worried. An accompanying white paper will help explain the tax system that the interim government says it will implement.
The office of deputy governor has remained vacant since Mahala Wynns stepped down at the end of 2009. Constitutional advisor Kate Sullivan first proposed that someone other than a Turks and Caicos Islander (Belonger) could hold the post, but the U.K. agreed with loud objections so that only an islander can be deputy governor.
The revised Constitution also puts the deputy governor in charge of the public service of more than 1,700 government employees. The selection for deputy governor is expected to be made in September.
But most of the tasks have to do with getting ready for much anticipated elections after three years without elected government.
His Excellency the Gov. Ric Todd said the interim government will arrange for leaders of political parties to get together with permanent secretaries in confidential meetings where they will be able to gather the information they need to prepare to take over government.
“In publishing details of our work programme today (June 18), I wish to make the people aware that we will continue to work in their best interests and will continue to make ourselves further available to both political parties to help them refine their thinking, policies and manifestoes by providing them with the facts and figures of government,” the governor said.
Before June is over, a Political Parties Conduct draft ordinance is expected to be circulated to the parties, the Advisory Council and the Consultative Forum, and will also be published on the government’s website at www.gov.tc.
Members of the Electoral Boundaries Commission will be confirmed this month, and in July the provisional Register of Electors will be published. The final Register of Electors will be published in August, and the Electoral Boundaries ordinance will define the 10 new constituent electoral districts.
Independent election monitors will arrive in October, and election campaigns will officially commence Oct. 15 with the enactment of the 2011 Constitution.
Also on the agenda is the consolidation of more than 30 statutory bodies which will in the future come under the same financial controls as government when it comes to salaries, spending and financial reporting.
Government also will present a Green Paper prepared by the Department of Economic Planning and Statistics that will discuss economic development options for the TCI. The Advisory Council will review it before public consultation, but the final decisions will be made by elected government.
And after more than four years of delays, the coastal radar station is expected to be operational soon. The radar near South Dock can detect small objects up to 22 nautical miles away and is will be used to detect illegal immigration and poaching in TCI fisheries, as well as aiding in ocean rescues.
Governor’s Office core tasks
1. Publish provisional Register of Electors
1. Economic Development Strategy published after Green Paper responses and consultation completed
1. National Audit Office operational
1. Economic stability and investment – Full 10EDF Single Programming Document submitted to EU (once accepted worth 11m euros in tranches during forthcoming financial years)
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