President encourages East Bank Berbice residents to participate in LGE

DPI, Guyana, Wednesday, September 12, 2018

President David Granger encouraged residents to participate in the upcoming Local Government Elections on November 12, this year. The Head of State was at the time speaking at a community meeting in Sisters Village on the East Bank of Berbice.

The President challenged the residents to “initiate a massive mobilisation exercise so that every adult is brought into the web of Local Government Elections,” emphasising that the activity should be aimed at educating citizens on the role and importance of LGE.

President Granger explained that “there are three levels of Government,” noting that “the local level is the most important,” as it “sustains the whole structure of government.” He explained that in LGE, “You don’t vote for a political party. You vote for your community. You vote for the improvement of the community.”

The Head of State added that the LGE gives residents an opportunity to have their concerns addressed, as they would be voting for a candidate who they feel would best represent their interests.

The President made it a point to note that for Local Government to work after elections, residents must cooperate to find solutions to issues “and where those problems cannot be solved, take it to the next higher level in the region and if the region can’t solve it, take it then to the central government.”

He reminded residents that unlike Regional and General Elections, voting must be done in the community in which they were registered.

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

By: Anara Khan.

Images: Jameel Mohamed.

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