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Are by-elections really necessary?Monday, November 06, 2017
The recent spate of by-elections give rise to the question of whether these elections are really necessary.
They cost millions of dollars, which could be better spent on badly needed services such as health care, education, social services, or security, to name a few.
There is also valuable time wasted on campaigning, which often becomes a national distraction. Considering the next general election is also not far away, wait for another distraction from the national programme.
The cost of time and money and other valuable resources expended must be astronomical.
I'm not sure about the specifics of the law, but I think politicians on both sides should come to an agreement on these matters. If an elected official resigns, for whatever reason, or passes on midterm, why can't a designate from the same party be nominated or appointed and sworn in to temporarily fill the office until national elections are called to select a representative for the next term? Usually when a prime minister resigns, a new leader is selected by the elected party and appointed to complete the term until the next general election is called. Why can't the same rule apply for by individual constituencies and parish council seats?
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