Local Government Authorities came about as a response to the need to decentralise certain basic services. It was deemed prudent that a second tier of management at the Local or Community level was desirable if ordinary folk were to have an input in the way they were governed. As a consequence, a system of District, Town and Village Councils was inaugurated.
Elections were held and officials appointed to the various bodies. The first elections were held in the early 1950’s.
There were elections up to the early 1970’s when Local Government elections were suspended. Although there have not been elections, the councils' role, though diminished, still impact on communities where they exist.
The new Administration since coming to office on 28th March 2001 has been sensitising the public on issues pertaining to Local Government and the proposed establishment of a Commission on Local Government.
It is envisaged that Local Government, when reinstated, will play a significant role in the socio-economic development of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.