Dear Editor,
I refer newspaper article entitled ‘Sooba to appoint acting Mayor of Georgetown’ appearing in the August 15 issue of the Kaieteur News, and wish to offer the following comments.

The identification of a councillor to temporarily perform the duties of mayor in the absence of the mayor and the deputy mayor of a municipality and the procedural matters in relation to such a matter are clearly set out in Section 17(2) and 17(3) of the Municipal and District Councils Act, Chapter 28:01.

This piece of legislation has strictly guided my advice to the Town Clerk of the Georgetown City Council in the present scenario where the city council is required to appoint a councillor to perform the duties of mayor in the absence of Mayor Hamilton Green and Deputy Mayor Patricia Chase-Green.

Yours faithfully,
NormanWhittaker, MP
Minister in the
Ministry of Local Government

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