By-Election Called; Commons Prepares to Recess

After almost three months of operation, the First Session of the Second Commons is about to come to a close. The session is set to end on May 19, 2002. This session has been a busy one for the 6 member legislature. The Commons has passed more than half a dozen bills in the last three months, ranging from an amended version to the Legislative Act, to many economic bills.

Perhaps the biggest accomplishment for the Commons was the Municipalities Act, which was passed in April. This act gave the Tebec government more power over the operations of Tebec and its municipalities, and removed a long-felt interference from the Amerada Government over those affairs.

As the session closes, a new by-election has been called. The legislature has been operating on a 5 member situation for the past few months after the ruling TCP failed to fill a seat in San Datoon. The TCP decided that instead of having an empty seat, that they would give the people a chance to elect a new legislative member in the district of Lower San Datoon.

Once it was announced, the DLPT, who failed to register for the general election in February 2002, registered for the by-election within 24 hours, determined not to make the same mistake twice. Parties wishing to run in the election have until May 15, 2002 to register with the Department of Internal Affairs, with the vote scheduled to take place from the 20th to 27th of this month.

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