The bill was passed around three o’clock Saturday morning in the House of Representatives. It passed by a vote of 22 for, and 10 against. It required only a simple majority.
The Municipal Corporations (Amendment) Bill seeks to introduce a system of proportional representation (PR) in the selection of aldermen for Local Government bodies.
It is seen as representing the beginnings of a major constitutional shift in the voting arrangements.
The People’s National Movement (PNM) did not support the measure, while Independent Liberal Party leader Jack Warner and St Joseph MP Herbert Volney were absent.