By Jomo Paul
[www.inewsguyana.com] – Political activist, Mark Benschop says that he has already informed the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) of his intention to contest the Local Government Elections (LGE) and is aiming for a clean sweep at the Georgetown polls.
Benschop, in an interview with iNews, revealed that he has major plans for Georgetown, but he wants central government to put certain things in place and implement some legislature reforms.
He said that the current City Council should be dissolved since it would give those hopefully of being re-elected an unfair advantage over the other competitors.
He also wants the Government to use its majority in the National Assembly to make further amendments to legislation governing local authorities.
“Chapter 28:01 is antiquated,” he declared stating that persons should be allowed to vote for any specific person they want to be Mayor.
“They must say they want X Y or Z to be the Mayor and that should be the Mayor…You cannot have a system where you vote for Parties and then go around a horseshoe table to decide who is going to be Mayor, said Benschop.
More specifically, Benschop would like provisions to be made for electronic voting to be introduced at the upcoming March 18, 2016 polls, which he stated will help in the efficient delivery of elections results.
Benschop also wants the post of Town Clerk to be wiped out since he believes that the powers of the Town Clerks supersede that of Mayor and this should not be.
Speaking on his plans should he be elected to occupy the post of Mayor, Benshop says that he intends to involve a wide range of youth leaders on his team.
“This opportunity we can offer young people a platform to become actively engaged in the decision making process of our country,” he said affirming that youths should not just be used for political window dressing.
He said that he is confident of a landslide victory at the upcoming local polls.
“It is going to be a clean sweep…we believe that the time has come for those who have been obstacles to change to be removed…We are giving them notice that their time is up – They have served for over two decades and it is time for them to vacate the place,” he stated.