APNU dethrones PPP to control Malgre Tout/Meer Zorgen NDC
DPI, Guyana, Wednesday, November 14, 2018
Traditionally the Malgre Tout/Meer Zorgen Neighbourhood Democratic Council is known as a People’s Progressive Party (PPP) controlled NDC, but history was made at the recently concluded Local Government Elections (LGE) when the A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) wrested control by winning eight of the fourteen seats that were up for grabs. Of the seven constituency seats, APNU won five while PPP won two.
Speaking to the Department of Public Information (DPI), Peter Livingstone, the APNU area representative said that the win is a historic one.
“The citizens have sounded their voices registering their discomfort with the way their businesses were being attended to hence they have now given us, the APNU, a chance to manage their affairs. This win is very historic because the NDC has always been controlled by The PPP up until 2017,” noted Livingstone.
In 2016, the Local Government Elections saw a tie in the allocation of seats for the said NDC – seven to the APNU/AFC [Alliance For Change] and seven to the PPP with the APNU/AFC winning the plurality of the votes. This resulted in a PPP chairmanship for the first year and that of APNU/AFC in the second. A situation in which Minister of Communities, Ronald Bulkan intervened to resolve given the electoral tie.
Livingstone further opined that residents saw transformational works in their area, under the chairmanship of the APNU, during the latter half of the last term, and hence expressed their confidence in the APNU at this year’s LGE.
Of the fourteen (14) NDCs, the APNU is now in control of two namely Hague/Blankenburg and Malgre Tout/Meer Zoorgen while the PPP controls 12, namely Wakenaam, Leguan, Parika/Mora, Good Hope/Hydronie, Greenwich Park/Vergenoegen, Tuschen/Uitvlugt, Stewartville/Cornelia Ida, La Jalousie/ Novelle Flanders, Best Klien/Pouderyoen, La Grange Niemes, Canals/Polder and Toevlugt/Patentia.
Story and Images: Ganesh Mahipaul.