“LGE is meant to solve local problems” – Pres. Granger tells Lindeners

─ LGE is the vehicle through which community matters are addressed and resolved

DPI, Guyana, Wednesday, October 17, 2018

As President David Granger continues his series of community meetings with citizens across Guyana, the Head of State today reminded residents of Linden, that Local Government Elections (LGE) is the vehicle through which community matters are addressed and resolved.

The community meeting was held today at the Egbert Benjamin Conference Hall.

The Head of State reminded the residents that for 22 years LGE was dormant and it was with the ANPU+AFC administration’s assumption to office in 2015 that it was reintroduced. President Granger said the LGE is a constitutional right, which ensures citizens receive improved services and the country develops. This democratic dividend, he stated, has already started bearing fruit.

“Democracy is allowing you to go into office and represent your people. Democracy is the transformation of large communities into the four towns among other things. The government doesn’t only exist at the level of the central office but at the level of municipalities and Neighbourhood and Regional Democratic Councils,” President Granger explained.

He pointed out that LGEs are crucial to a community’s development and provides the necessary training for future leadership.

Further expounding on the importance of LGE, President Granger noted that it enables persons to demonstrate their ability to represent their community and to ensure that the needs of their constituencies are met.

The Head of State urged the Lindeners not to rely solely on the imminent oil industry but to utilise their rich resources to stimulate development.

“Things will get better, our oil revenues will see the development of infrastructure, education, public health among others. We will get better. But you also have resources to develop yourselves and your children and Guyana. LGE will equip you with the requisite skills to use those resources, effectively,” President Granger underscored.

The Head of State foresees Linden playing a critical role in leading the four towns forward. He reminded residents that unlike Regional and General Elections, voting must be done in the community in which they were registered.

Local Government Elections (LGE) will be held on November 12, 2018. This is the second LGE conducted since the Coalition government took office in 2015.

Ranetta La Fleur.

Images: Keno George.

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