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.
Papers to be produced by the Prime Minister include:-
- 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.
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.”