REGIONAL LEGISLATION

Article 169
1. The provision of regulations and administration of the affairs of the district shall be left to the district council.

2. The district council shall make the district-ordinances which it considers necessary in the interest of the district subject to the limits of the Constitution and the laws and administrative measures of the Government. It shall be indicated by law with regard to which subjects the district councils shall have legislative powers.

Article 170
1. The district-ordinances shall be notified to the National Assembly, the Government, the Council of State in the local District Commissioner, before they become effective.

2. The population of the district shall be informed about the contents of the district ordinances through their publication in local newspapers and in the Official Journal of the Republic of Suriname and by keeping them available for reading at the office of the District Commissioner.

Article 171
After the publication as mentioned in Article 170 everyone shall have the opportunity to lodge complaints against the district ordinances with the National Assembly.

Article 172
1. If a district ordinance is contrary to the Constitution, the government programme or the existing laws, the National Assembly can annul it.

2. The district council shall have the power to commence the procedure of making the district ordinance effective and of promulgating it, in a manner that shall be decide by law, if the National Assembly has notified the district council in writing within six weeks after the district ordinance was submitted to it, that no complaints were lodged with it.

Article 173
1. The measures taken by the district council which do not contain general rules, shall and under strict supervision exercised by the Government. If those measures are considered to be in contravention of the government program or the naitonal interest, the President shall suspend them.

2. If, after the suspension by the Council of State, the district council in question should think that there is no violation of the government program or the national interest, the dispute is submitted to the National Assembly, which makes a final binding decision.