The coalition APNU/AFC Government and Opposition PPP/C have issued ‘last-minute’ calls for eligible Guyanese in general and party supporters in particular to go out tomorrow and vote as Local Government Elections return to Guyana after a 19 year absence.
“I want you to go out and vote, exercise your franchise, this is your day, you worked for this, you longed for this, you dreamt for this, local government elections is here to stay. This is called people’s power so vote wisely, vote for people you trust in office,” Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo stated.
Opposition Leader Dr Bharrat Jagdeo also appealed to eligible voters to ensure they go out and vote tomorrow.
“Tomorrow’s vote is an important one because the future of our communities is at stake and it is a chance for our people to support and participate in community-based democracy, and to elect the leaders who will work for their communities. I urge all Guyanese to turn out to the polls tomorrow and cast their vote. I am also urging employers to allow their employees the time off to be able to cast their votes. Our vote is a robust tool, which must be used to ensure the people receive the leadership they want,” Dr Jagdeo appealed.
It was noted that local government elections are extremely important and persons have a democratic and constitutional right to vote.
Most of the town and neighborhood democratic councils which were elected at the last local government elections in 1994 have been replaced by government–appointed Interim Management Committees and several are currently dysfunctional.
After almost two decades Guyanese will have the opportunity to elect new councillors to the six old municipalities, the four new ones and sixty-five Neighbourhood Democratic Councils.
Meanwhile, the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) met with Presiding Officers at the GECOM headquarters in Georgetown this afternoon for a last-minute briefing ahead of tomorrow’s historic election activities.
Photos below show GECOM meeting with Presiding Officers this afternoon: