Election cash redirected

  • House money: re-prioritising funds earmarked for municipal elections (Photograph by Akil Simmons)

    House money: re-prioritising funds earmarked for municipal elections (Photograph by Akil Simmons)


More than $75,000 set aside for municipal elections will probably be used elsewhere because the Corporations of Hamilton and St George’s are to be turned into unelected quangos, the House of Assembly has heard.

Walton Brown, the Cabinet Office minister, told MPs on Monday that $76,000 was earmarked for elections scheduled to be held in May.

He said that after the House approved an Act of Parliament to abolish the two local authorities, it was likely that the cash would be redirected.

Legislation to turn Bermuda’s two municipalities into quangos was passed by MPs last week. Walter Roban, the Minister of Home Affairs, tabled the controversial Bill, which sparked opposition in the two affected areas and a national debate.

Elected members of the municipalities will hold office until May 13, unless they resign.

A mayor and eight councillors for each corporation will be appointed to serve from May 14.

The mayor and four councillors will be people the minister is satisfied have the skills and experience to carry out the role.

The other four councillors will be appointed by the minister on the recommendation of a selection committee. The selection committee will also be appointed by the minister.

You must be registered or signed-in to post comment or to vote.

Published Mar 20, 2019 at 8:00 am (Updated Mar 20, 2019 at 9:49 am)

Election cash redirected

What you
Need to
Know
1. For a smooth experience with our commenting system we recommend that you use Internet Explorer 10 or higher, Firefox or Chrome Browsers. Additionally please clear both your browser's cache and cookies - How do I clear my cache and cookies?
2. Please respect the use of this community forum and its users.
3. Any poster that insults, threatens or verbally abuses another member, uses defamatory language, or deliberately disrupts discussions will be banned.
4. Users who violate the Terms of Service or any commenting rules will be banned.
5. Please stay on topic. "Trolling" to incite emotional responses and disrupt conversations will be deleted.
6. To understand further what is and isn't allowed and the actions we may take, please read our Terms of Service
7. To report breaches of the Terms of Service use the flag icon

  • Take Our Poll

    • "What is the most significant reason for Bermuda residents choosing to leave the island?"
    • Too small
    • 3%
    • Different way of life
    • 4%
    • Cost of living
    • 77%
    • Gang activity and general crime
    • 3%
    • Jobs/professional advancement
    • 8%
    • Education
    • 2%
    • Attitudes towards gays
    • 3%
    • Total Votes: 5235
    • Poll Archive

    Today's Obituaries

    eMoo Posts