Polls closed – rush to cast ballot before 6pm

DPI, Guyana, Monday, November 12, 2018

Polling Stations across the country have officially closed to commence the counting of ballots, In the East Berbice-Corentyne area, many persons between 5-6 pm hurried to their respective polling stations to ensure they exercised their constitutional right.

Notably present were adults who had just dispatched from work while others choose to do it at a time that was convenient to them.

For the Geer family of Nigg, Corentyne although they were busy throughout the day, they knew before the close of polls the family would make an effort to vote.

Savitree Budram, a vendor of Port Mourant was among the late voters who managed to reach the polls minutes before it closed. “I want to see the best for my community. I was busy all day I sell at the Rose Hall Market and then come and set up a stand at Port Mourant. When I finally had someone to watch it, I went quickly and voted”.

Meanwhile, Mr. and Mrs. Nabbi of Freeyard said they chose to vote at this year’s LGE because they wanted to “changes” in the community. More specifically in the area of youth and infrastructural development.

“We are happy to come out here, even though it’s last minute. We both would like to see things happening in the near future and if possible, more focus on job opportunities for youths”.

As the final hour drew nearer persons were seen hurriedly trying to reach their respective polling stations.  Earlier in the day, several elderly citizens came out in the morning hours while in the afternoon a number of young voters made an effort to exercise their franchise.

Local Government Elections were held for the second time under the APNU/AFC coalition government. Prior to that LGE was held in 1994.

Nafeeza Sakur.

Images: Department of Public Information.

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