Mabaruma residents turn out in their numbers to vote

– large number of first-time voters recorded

DPI, Guyana, Monday, November 12, 2018

Residents of the Mabaruma turned out in their numbers to cast their votes for Local Government Election (LGE) today. This is the second time Mabaruma is participating in LGE since it was gazetted as a Town.

At Constituency Three, Police Officer, Naomi Ross-Singh was the first to cast her vote when the polling station (Mabaruma Nursery School) was declared open at 6:00hrs today. She was followed by some 60 persons who cast their vote at that location. Members of the Disciplined Forces had to cast their ballots on November 2, however, those that could not make it to vote on that day will do so today.

Over at Constituency Number One, when the Department of Public Information (DPI) visited Thomas and Khan Hill at 07:00hrs, 40 persons queued to cast their votes.

First-time LGE voter, Shiroom Prince of Mabaruma Settlement, Constituency Number Two was at the polling station at the Sheba Nursery School since 6:00hrs to cast her vote. Prince said she is pleased with the voting process and is happy to have been able to participate for the first time.

At the Kumaka area, Constituency Five, Austin Woodman who is also voting for the first time said that “I came out to cast my vote because I want to see continued development of my community. I want to see improved infrastructure, skills training for youths and jobs.”

Michel Delarty, also a first-time voter and resident of Kumaka, believes that it is time for a change in leadership in her community, hence she is happy to be a part of the voting process in her constituency.

There was also a large voter turnout at Hosororo Hill. Approximately 60 persons were at the polling station within the first hour after the polls were declared open.

Today marks the first time in the Post-Independence history of Guyana, that successive Local Government Elections (LGE) is being held as legally and constitutionally due.

Story and Images: Synieka Thorne.

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