La Informacion protests another Santiago municipality
In its editorial (Santiago versus Santiago Oeste) published on 16 July, La Informacion, the leading local Santiago newspaper, rejected the creation of the proposed Santiago West Municipality encompassing the Cienfuegos area in Santiago. This could be the start of Santiago following the model of Santo Domingo that was separated into four municipalities (Santo Domingo North, Santo Domingo Este, Santo Domingo Oeste and the National District).
Leading Santiago business groups have already expressed they reject creating more city bureacracy.
The newspaper editorialist comments that while Congress has divided the political geography of the nation creating sections, districts, municipalities, provinces, all these categories have only served to make city government less efficient, and have brought an increase in corruption and administrative chaos.
La Informacion says in its editorial that municipal administrations in the country are characterized by nepotism, lack of fulfillment of the Municipal Law, and promoting of particular business interests of persons in office contrary to the real role of the city government. Audits by the Chamber of Accounts have provided evidence on the many cases of municipal officers that have been accused of corruption and even criminal acts.
La Informacion urged the Senate to put a halt to the creation of new municipalities.
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