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PM Chastanet to extend State of Emergency in St Lucia ahead of general elections

The Prime Minister of St Lucia- Allen Chastanet, is expected to table a motion for extension of the state of emergency till 16 October 2021. 

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Saint Lucia: The Prime Minister of St Lucia- Allen Chastanet, is expected to table a motion for extension of the state of emergency till 16 October 2021. 

Sixty-nine days ahead of the constitutional order, to which parliament shall be dissolved on July 11, 2021, and general elections to be held on or before 11 October 2021.

 A meeting of the House of Assembly is scheduled on Tuesday, May 4, 2021. The outcome would cause more frustration, suppression and civil liberty breach ahead of the general elections.

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Papers to be produced by the Prime Minister include:-

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  • Statutory Instrument No.- 67 of 2021 COVID-19 (Prevention and Control) (Prohibition of Assembly) Order NO. 4
  • Statutory Instrument No. – 68 of 2021 COVID- 19 (Prevention and Control) (Physical Distancing) Order NO. 4
  • Statutory Instrument No. – 70 of 2021 – Excise Tax (Amendment of Schedule 1) Order NO. 6
  • Statutory Instrument No. – 71 of 2021 is the National Savings and Development Bonds Act- (Parliament’s Resolution to raise funds by the issue of saving bonds).

Bradley Felix,- Minister for commerce, industry, enterprise development and consumer affairs, is expected to present Statutory Instrument No. – 69 of 2021 – Price Control (Amendment) Order NO.- 6. Prime minister- Allen Chastanet is also likely to present the following Bills for consideration:- 

  • Counter-Trafficking (Amendment); First reading
  • Companies (Amendment); First reading
  • Money Services Business (Amendment); 
  • First reading Tourism Stimulus and Investment (Amendment)
  •  First reading- Minister for information, tourism, broadcasting culture & creative industries – Dominic Fedee will present the tourism stimulus & investment Amendment.
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Caribbean News Global – CNG previously examined the estimates and termed it as – ‘gangster capitalist’ document, consistent with a patchwork of uncertainty. For clarity on the government’s instruments, including bonds and treasury bills, reference, subsection – financing budget of $1.639 Billion.

 Saint Lucia’s GDP was contracted by 20.4 per cent in 2020, after a contraction of 0.1 per cent in the year- 2019. There is a current shortfall of- $232,491,500 and an overall financing gap and deficit of $383 million or an estimated – 7.9 per cent of the GDP.

Saint Lucia’s Ministry of Health – (MOH) reported 74 COVID-19 related deaths till – April 30. The new cases brings the total number of diagnosed cases in St Lucia to date is- 4552. Active cases in St Lucia- to date, is 110, and till April 29, 2021, a total of 24 266 people have received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine & 2,232 individuals received their second dose.

PM Chastanet cited, “I cannot focus on the elections until I know that the COVID situation in the nation is well-controlled. Constitutionally, we are required to call elections by a certain date, which is 12 October 2021.”

He added, “My hesitation about upcoming elections is not about being scared, but it’s about the safety of everybody.”

 

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