Coalition Govt welcomes all into Local Democracy

DPI, GUYANA, Friday, September 21, 2018

Newly elected People’s National Congress (PNC) Chairperson, Volda Lawrence today welcomed all political parties and individual candidates to Local Government Elections (LGE) saying that LGE was restored after a prolonged absence.

The PNC Chairperson made the remarks moments after A Partnership for National Unity – APNU, submitted their list of candidates to contest the Georgetown municipality in LGE on November 12.

“We welcome everyone. All the individuals, the groups and the other political parties, that they have an opportunity through the David Granger Administration to participate at the local level, in ensuring that we build our communities that people become more community oriented and that we take ownership of our communities,” Lawrence said.

She said taking ownership of one’s community, will benefit individuals as well as generations to come and noted her satisfaction with the Nomination day process.

“The process was very thorough, very smooth and we had absolutely no issues as the Deputy Representative of the List presented”.

According to Lawrence, the APNU will continue to meet with residents in various communities, outlining to them “this new era” that now exists in Guyana.

“We have Local Government and persons at the local level have that opportunity to take charge of their communities and to ensure that they provide those communities with the assistance that is needed to ensure that we have healthy, strong, safe communities.”

Georgetown’s Deputy-Mayor Akeem Peter who is returning as a candidate said that several new individuals are contesting the LGE this year.

“A lot of new faces have agreed to be a part of their constituency council, in nearly every constituency there is a new face and that is what the party is about. We are about progress, we know that we had to prepare for this moment, so from 2015 to now, we have been preparing in our communities for this moment.”

Peter said the party believes in the youth. According to him, this round of LGE will see more young persons participating while the older Constituency Representatives will now serve in an advisory capacity.

He said should the APNU see a majority in the 2018 elections, Georgetown will be improved dramatically.

Alexis Rodney

Images: Jameel Mohammed

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