February 8, 2012

Parliament has amended part of the local government Act 1993 (Act 462) to allow for the easy creation of new municipalities in the country.

Prior to the amendment section, sub-section 4 of the Act required that before the Electoral Commission could make recommendations for the establishment of new municipalities, it has to consider whether the municipality consists of a single compact settlement with a minimum population size of 95,000 people.

This requirement was however an impediment to the creation of new municipalities.

The new Act will therefore allow for the creation of 8 new municipalities and also cater for 8 existing ones which were created in 2004 and 2007.